Kilchurn Castle

Kilchurn Castle information

Location
Loch Awe , Scotland
Address
Dalmally
More information
www.historicenvironment.scot
Opening hours
9am-5pm Apr-Sep
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At the northern end of Loch Awe are the scenic ruins of the strategically situated and much-photographed Kilchurn Castle. Built in 1440, it enjoys one of Scotland’s finest settings. At time of research, ownership issues meant that the castle wasn't open to the public, though you could still enjoy the scenic stroll to it. It’s a half-mile walk from a car park on the A85 road, just west of the Inveraray turnoff between Dalmally and Lochawe.

The castle is situated on a tiny peninsula guarding the northern tip of the loch. Long held by the Campbell clan, it was enlarged in 1693 to garrison government troops during the Jacobite uprising; it was then abandoned in the 1750s after a fire ran through most of it. Nowadays it’s just a shell, although a very picturesque one. When it's open, you can climb to the top of the four-storey castle tower for impressive views of Loch Awe and the surrounding hills.