Kilchurn Castle

[Kilchurn Castle from the southern viewpoint]

It's ruined, romantic and surrounded by stunning Highland scenery: Kilchurn Castle is your quintessential Scottish stronghold. Set on a pocket of land jutting out into the country's longest freshwater loch, Kilchurn's dramatic waterside setting rivals that of that of much more popular (and expensive) Urquhart Castle, although with no facilities. The castle was built in the 15th century as a residence for the mighty Campbell family, converted into a garrison after the 1689 Jacobite uprising. Substantial parts of the walls and towers remain, and it's well worth exploring all sides (and the steep steps to the top of the main tower) thoroughly to do this castle justice. There's also an excellent viewpoint accessed from the A819 to the south - see below for access.

[The approach from the east on a gloomy day (September 2013)]

Name: Kilchurn Castle ★★☆☆
Location: Off A85 2 miles west of Dalmally, G.R.: NN 133276 ///mixes.weekends.hero
Open (2017): April to September; southern viewpoint always accessible
Cost: Free
Anything else? The castle is a 15-min walk from the unsignposted car park at G.R.: NN 139280 ///inspects.jungle.sympathy along a stony path & track (prone to flooding from the loch). Alternatively, park at the A819 layby (also unsignposted) at G.R. NN 134272 ///signs.expired.seat, from which it's a 5-min walk on a very boggy path to a good view over the loch to the castle.

[Kilchurn Castle (September 2013)]

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