Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP, Angus Brendan MacNeil has called on Alex Paterson, Chief Executive of Historic Environment Scotland to come to Barra to explain to the community why their stewardship of Kisimul Castle has left the Castle closed this summer.
Kisimul Castle is the most historic Castle in the Hebrides and has been a popular visitor attraction for years.
Commenting, Mr MacNeil said:
“Historic Environment Scotland is not living up to their promises on Kisimul Castle.
“The community feels let down and is quite angry at Historic Environment Scotland’s attitude toward Kisimul Castle.
“People travel from all over the world to see Kisimul Castle which is reputed to be almost 1,000 years old.
“A Castle that is set in the sea with a freshwater well and is of historic importance to the Isle of Barra, the Clan MacNeil, and the wider Hebrides.
“Historic Environment Scotland is not working to keep the Castle as they should have when they leased the Castle from the late MacNeil of Barra for £1 a year and a bottle of whisky.
“We expect so much better from Historic Environment Scotland and I feel that they can’t run away from the community.
“They must come to Barra and discuss with people what their plans are.”