Dunyvaig Castle

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[Dunyvaig Castle]

16th century castle with 15th century keep and 13th century courtyard, overlying an ancient fort: in writing, Dunyvaig Castle sounds like an impressive place, once guarding ships belonging to the Lords of the Isles in the adjacent bay. Pay a visit today and you'll find that the castle is rather less than the sum of its parts. Most of the structure has either collapsed into the sea or been covered by vegetation. And accessing the rear end of the castle impossible (unless you fancy risking your life above a large drop onto rocks) thanks to more recent erosion. As long as you bear all this in mind, it's still worthwhile making the trip. The headland is at atmospheric place in a storm, offers excellent views of Lagavulin Distillery when it's sunny, and it's only a few minutes' walk from the nearest parking spot if it's chucking it down with rain...

[View of Lagavulin Distillery from the castle]

Location & info

📌 Dunyvaig Castle
Off A846 just east of Lagavulin Distillery, Islay, G.R.: NR 406455 ///rust.homeward.dreams
Always open | Free

💬 When approaching from Port Ellen, fork right off the A846 about 500 m after the entrance to Lagavulin Distillery. Follow the narrow road to the very end at G.R.: NR 408457 ///essential.stormy.wool where there's space for a few cars to park without blocking the turning circle. From here it's a 5-min walk to the castle along a choice of grassy paths.

[Dunyvaig Castle]

[Stormy seas]

[Looking along the foundations to the distillery]

[Dunyvaig Castle seen from Lagavulin Distillery (14/7/16)]


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