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Kilchurn Castle - Loch Awe - Argyll & Bute

Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe, Argyll & Bute, Scotland

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

Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe, Argyll & Bute, Scotland

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.

Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe, Argyll & Bute, Scotland

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.

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