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

 

Duart Castle, Scotland

Duart Castle

Loch Linnhe from Duart Castle

Duart Castle Scenery

Elsewhere today, key development  has been confirmation of a private, round Scotland tour for two persons for next year. Next step is to confirm the lodgings.

Now to hunker down for another cold night in Glasgow.

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