We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
Morning Visit

What a lovely little castle. Short boat trip and walk up the walkway. That’s when you get the first... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mandy E
Southport, United Kingdom
Great Historical Castle.

Worth the little boat trip over to see the Castle in the Bay but it's definitely not for those with... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Mari D
Read all 277 reviews
All photos (134)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent45%
  • Very good41%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“boat trip”(36 reviews)
“every half hour”(14 reviews)
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
Castle Bay, HS9 5UZ, Scotland
+44 1871 810313
Reviews (277)
Filter reviews
265 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews boat trip every half hour well worth a visit historic scotland small boat clan chief short trip worth a trip boat runs interesting history stunning location lovely visit restoration work be honest included in the price few minutes small shop
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 265 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a lovely little castle. Short boat trip and walk up the walkway. That’s when you get the first surprise.... no further comments on this. Worth a trip but it doesn’t take very long to get round.

Thank Mandy E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Worth the little boat trip over to see the Castle in the Bay but it's definitely not for those with mobility issues, there are a lot of twisting and steep stairs to get around to see the best bits. Although the Great Hall remains closed,...More

Thank Mari D
Reviewed September 17, 2018 via mobile

Just a short boat ride from the island is kisimul castle. It is in need of renovation and there is only the castle on this Little Rock but it has a fascinating history and is worth the trip. Lovely gift shop with a very nice...More

Thank LindaMc108
Reviewed September 17, 2018

We took the short boat ride over to Kisimul Castle and enjoyed looking round it. There is a small shop which sells delicious tablet! Definitely worth a visit!

Thank s3rjr
Reviewed August 13, 2018 via mobile

Had a solo boat trip over to the castle which is quite small and at the time parts were closed due to restoration by Scottish Heritage. That said its definitely worth a visit.

Thank Julian217
Reviewed August 13, 2018

Nice little boat trip in a beautiful setting though not a lot to physically see in the castle. Good value for £4

1  Thank Charlie S
Reviewed August 8, 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed our afternoon out. Arrived at Kisimul Castle by 2 minute boat trip (included in cost). Guys on boat have good banter. A small castle which takes about an hour(max) to explore. It gives a real feel for what it might have been like to...More

1  Thank culbert2016
Reviewed August 7, 2018

A fun trip on the boat to visit the castle, as the Great Hall is currently shut for renovation most of the information about the castle is no accessible easily (made the kids quiz very difficult!) Definitely worth a look but could be more -...More

1  Thank iscott76
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

Kisimul Castle should not be missed. It is just a short boat ride over to it (included in the admission fee), and is fascinating to explore. Well worth the money to visit, whether your last name is MacNeil or not.

1  Thank Linda M
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

Been in Barra a few times and had never visited the castle. Paid the few quid £ for the entry and short boat journey to see it. When I walked in I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Totally unexpected. I won’t spoil things but...More

2  Thank Billy2609
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 3 nearby hotels
Craigard Hotel
220 reviews
.22 miles away
Castlebay Hotel
441 reviews
.22 miles away
Isle of Barra Beach Hotel
547 reviews
2.02 miles away
Polochar Inn
462 reviews
11.39 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 12 nearby restaurants
Cafe Kisimul
555 reviews
.15 miles away
Castlebay Post Office and Macroon's Tea Room
103 reviews
.12 miles away
Hebridean Toffee
140 reviews
.23 miles away
Restaurant at the Heathbank Hotel
162 reviews
4.05 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 12 nearby attractions
Buth Bharraigh
39 reviews
.22 miles away
Barra Island Tours
115 reviews
.50 miles away
Barra Heritage & Cultural Centre
71 reviews
.55 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
April 12, 2018|
Response from alanrphillips | Reviewed this property |
Hi, we were there on the 9th of April. There were areas out of bounds due to renovations one being the 'great hall' but still worth the visit Have a great trip Alan
January 2, 2018|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Wendy C | Reviewed this property |
Definitnitely summer the best time to visit. Accomodation can be tight so book ahead. We took a car over which we picked up in Oban. Was good as took food supplys with us. Rather pricey over there. Definitely wish to go... More