Kilchurn Castle - Loch Awe - Argyll & Bute
Kilchurn Castle at the north of Loch Awe in Argyllshire.
The view in this direction (south) from the castle tower is obscured by parts of the castle.
This castle was a stronghold of the Campbells - later the Earls of Breadalbane - and was
initially built before 1450 and completed by 1475 or so. At that time it was on an island,
now a low-lying peninsula.
It passed through various changes and its final use was as a barracks for redcoats during
the Jacobite risings of 1715 and 1745 - Bonnie Prince Charlie and so on.
It was finally abandoned later in that century.
Views of the castle from the west can be seen here:
Kilchurn Castle west
The castle is currently in the care of Historic Scotland and access is free.
From a little closer in the layout becomes clearer and the people in the tower give
you a good idea of scale.
The pier to the left is where the passenger ferry from the Loch Awe Hotel lands
but the castle can be easily accessed on foot from a scruffy car park just off the
A85, between Dalmally and Loch Awe village.
Access directly to the castle from the car park over the railway level
crossing is sensibly closed off so use the path that loops round under
the railway - bear right to the west. It's not well signposted.