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Kilchurn Castle - Loch Awe
in Argyllshire, from the north
Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe, Argyll & Bute, Scotland

Kilchurn Castle is on a promontory in the north of Loch Awe in Argyllshire.

These photographs are looking south along Loch Awe and the people in the tower give you a good idea of scale.

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.

Kilchurn Castle passed through various changes and the 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.

Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe, Argyll & Bute, Scotland

Closer in the barracks block on the right - probably the last part to be added over the years - is clearly visible.

The castle is currently in the care of Historic Scotland and access is free.

Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe, Argyll & Bute, Scotland

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, 350 yards (310m) west of the A815 junction which is just west of Dalmally.

Access over the railway level crossing is sensibly closed off so use the path that loops round under the railway to the west (right from the car park, facing the castle). The signposting could be improved.

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