Carnasserie Castle

Argyll & Bute | Kilmartin | Castle | ★★★

[Carnasserie Castle]

Dating from the mid 16th century, Carnasserie Castle is young in comparison to the other main tourist sites here in Kilmartin Glen: the numerous amazing burial cairns and ancient stones in the lower reaches of the valley pre-date the castle by thousands of years. Perhaps as a result of its more illustrious neighbours, visitors to the castle are fairly few - but they're missing out on a substantial tower house (5 storeys' worth - not to be sniffed at) with some fine carvings, still largely complete to roof height and offering good views into the glen's narrow upper reaches.

[View from the top of the tower]

Location & info

📌 Carnasserie Castle ★★★
Off A816 1 mi north of Kilmartin village, G.R.: NM 839008 ///sugars.scramble.robes
Always open | Free

💬 From the car park at G.R.: NM 840004 ///value.decorated.vintages it's a 10-min walk steeply uphill to the castle.

[View from the south side]

[Upper storeys]

[Great Hall]

[View from the northwest]

[Entrance panel]

[Approach to the castle]


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