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Harris, Rodel Hotel

Hotel (Period Unassigned), Hunting Lodge (19th Century), Lairds House (18th Century)

Site Name Harris, Rodel Hotel

Classification Hotel (Period Unassigned), Hunting Lodge (19th Century), Lairds House (18th Century)

Canmore ID 104485

Site Number NG08SW 11

NGR NG 04769 82906

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Western Isles
  • Parish Harris
  • Former Region Western Isles Islands Area
  • Former District Western Isles
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Recording Your Heritage Online

Rodel Hotel, c.1785 Unusually tall laird's house standing gable endon to the dock, lower 19th-century extension at right angles. Scene of the dramatic climax of the Balranald Elopement of 1850 (see p.371); the island's most historic house has functioned as an inn, tacksman/factor's residence, shooting lodge and hotel (for more on its history, see p.371). Now 'restored' (2001), after decades of dereliction, it is back in operation as a hotel, albeit with great loss to its original character - a blandly anonymous modern interior behind newly harled walls of grey cement.

Taken from "Western Seaboard: An Illustrated Architectural Guide", by Mary Miers, 2008. Published by the Rutland Press


Field Walking (26 June 2018 - 9 July 2018)

NG 04875 82846 A programme of archaeological work

was undertaken, 26 June – 9 July 2018, in advance of

redevelopment of Rodel House, which is a category B listed

building built in the 1780s. The DBA extended 150m from

the house. A photographic and written record was produced

of the house, and a walkover survey covered the area of the

foreshore to the S of the house and the walled garden.

Archive: NRHE (intended)

Funder: John Renshaw Architects

Anthony Taylor – Headland Archaeology

(Source: DES Volume 19)


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