Kisimul Castle

Castlebay, Isle of Barra, HS9 5UZ

01871 810 313


Kisimul Castle is closed until further notice to allow for conservation works.

Carers tickets

In line with best practice in the visitor attractions industry, visitors with disabilities are treated on an equal basis with all other visitors and entry is charged at the appropriate admission category rate - Adult/Concession/Child. Proof of disability is not required.

We recognise that some disabled visitors may need help to visit our sites and we offer free entry for accompanying carers, these can be added when making your booking. Please note this is limited to two carers per transaction.


On-street parking is available near the jetty.

Approach to site

A small boat ferries visitors to the island. Visitors must be able to step into and out of the boat. Call 01871 810 313 for sailing times.

The mainland jetty has no steps but is steeply sloped. There are 8 stone steps from the island jetty up into the castle courtyard.

Visitor centre

The shop is within the castle, across the uneven courtyard from the steps to the jetty.


All the buildings are reached from the castle courtyard via uneven steps. The routes around the site are mostly gravel.

The tower and walkway are reached by two flights of stone and timber stairs. Inside the tower, a set of steep timber steps leads to the first floor, and a set of stone steps to the second floor.

The castle has several very low doors.


Barra has no adapted toilet.


Assistance dogs are permitted at all our sites and within roofed areas.  

Visitors' dogs are allowed at Kisimul Castle, but are not permitted in roofed areas. 

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and not left unattended at any time. Owners must pick up after their dogs.

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Kisimul Castle is closed until further notice to allow for conservation works.


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