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Castles of Argyll & The Isles map

Castles of Argyll & The Isles map
Argyll & The Isles is home to 60 medieval castles. You’ll find these romantic ruins, forts and tower houses in dramatic settings across the region. In the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, there’s no better time to visit Argyll’s castles and stately homes. Discover amazing stories set in stone and delve deeper into Argyll’s rich history and heritage. The castles included in this map are easiliy accessible and open to the public. Castle Stalker is by appointment only.

Castles of Oban & Lorn
Castle Stalker, a four-storey tower house near Appin, is an incredibly picturesque castle. You might recognise it as Castle Aaaaaaargh from Monty Python's cult classic The Holy Grail! Dunstaffnage Castle near Oban was built in the 1200s and captured by Robert the Bruce in 1309. Flora MacDonald was imprisoned here after helping Bonnie Prince Charlie escape Scotland. Dunollie Castle stands guard over Oban Bay. For more than 1,000 years, the Clan Chiefs and Lords of Lorn ruled large areas of Argyll from Dunollie.

Castles of Mid Argyll
Carnasserie Castle is a magnificent ruin. The former home of the first Protestant Bishop of the Isles, it sits on a hill overlooking Kilmartin Glen. Located on the eastern shore of Loch Sween, Castle Sween is an imposing ruin. Dating from the late 12th century, it’s thought to be one of the earliest stone castles built in Scotland. The magnificent Inveraray Castle is the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell. It was built in the 18th century, replacing an earlier 15th-century castle. Kilchurn Castle, a striking tower house built in the mid-15th century, sits at the head of Loch Awe.

Castles of Cowal
Although little remains of the ruined Dunoon Castle, its hilltop position affords stunning views across the Firth of Clyde. Castle Toward near Dunoon is also ruined. It’s the former seat of Clan Lamont, one of the most powerful families in the history of west Scotland. The ruined Ascog Castle near Tighnabruaich dates back to the 15th century and was the ancestral home of the McInnes Lamonts. Castle Lachlan sits on the eastern shore of Loch Fyne. The original castle dates back to the 13th century.

Castles of Kintyre
The ruined Tarbert Castle sits overlooking the harbour of Tarbert. Robert the Bruce played an important role in the castle’s reinforcement and enlargement in 1325. Skipness Castle is another atmospheric ruin, a ruin on Kintyre’s east coast. Climb up a narrow staircase to the roof for amazing views and look out for the crosslet arrow slits in the west range. The remains of Dunaverty Castle stand on a rocky headland at Southend.

Castles on Argyll’s islands
Duart Castle on Mull dates back to the 13th century and is the ancestral home of the Clan Maclean. Walk the battlements and lose yourself in the views across the Sound of Mull. Aros Castle, also on Mull, is a ruined 13th-century castle near Salen. Rothesay Castle on the island of Bute dates back to the early 13th century. The castle’s immense circular curtain wall makes it unique in Scotland. Also on Bute is Mount Stuart. This spectacular Gothic house is the ancestral home of the Marquess of Bute and features magnificent Victorian Gothic architecture and design. Located on the south side of the island of Islay on the shore of Lagavulin Bay, Dunyvaig is an atmospheric ruin. It was once a naval fortress of the ‘Lords of the Isles,’ the chiefs of Clan MacDonald. The ruined Eilean Mor at Finlaggan on Islay was also built by the MacDonalds. Dramatic Gylen Castle on the island of Kerrera overlooks the Firth of Lorne. The carvings on the Oriel window above the entrance are some of the finest surviving from the period.
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