This evening, I moving my focus away from the current arctic weather conditions here in Britain to track back to a tour of the Isle of Mull earlier this year which entailed a visit to the very impressive Duart Castle which is closely associated with Clan MacLean. Here is a summary of the key features:

  • Positioned on a rocky promontory called Dubh Ard or Black Point.
  • Originally dates from the 13th century.
  • Home to Clan MacLean for many centuries apart from a short break after the Battle of Culloden in 1746 when the castle was garrisoned by English soldiers.
  • In 1911 Sir Fitzroy Maclean repurchased and restored the castle.
  • Castle now  home to the Chief of Clan MacLean, Sir Lachlan MacLean.
  • Visited by MacLeans from all over the world.
  • Features of the castle include the ancient keep, dungeons, battlements, Edwardian kitchen, Clan Chiefs history.
  • Tea-room and shop.
  • Castle grounds which afford views of the birds, wildlife and local scenery.

A superb visitor attraction, especially when the weather is dry/sunny.

I invariably include Duart Castle in my tours of Mull and Iona and will be visiting the site at least once in 2011.

Duart Castle

Duart Castle, Scotland

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