Castle Sween

Argyll & Bute | Achnamara | Castle | ★★

[Castle Sween]

Castle Sween lies a winding half hour drive along single track roads across the remote region of Knapdale. Few tourists venture this far, but they could be missing out on Scotland's oldest castle: built around the end of the 12th century, none of its contemporaries can be dated with enough confidence to wrestle away the title. Backed by rugged hills and overlooking Loch Sween atop a rocky prominence, the obvious lack of windows reflects the overriding need for defence at all costs. But when visiting there's an unwelcome neighbour - a large caravan site occupying the surrounding land. Considering there's not exactly competition for space around here it's a bit disappointing, and does detract a bit from the atmosphere. At least a screen of trees partly separates old from new.

[Entrance to Castle Sween]

Location & info

📌 Castle Sween ★★
Off minor road 7 mi south of Achnamara, G.R.: NR 712788 ///bagpipes.perfume.servicing
Always open | Free

💬 Parking within the caravan site isn't allowed unless you're staying there. Instead, park in the layby at the site entrance at G.R.: NR 717787 ///fewer.popular.bulbs. From here it's a 10-min walk (each way) down the access road to the castle.


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