This afternoon, I am focusing on Castle Stalker which sits on the Rock of the Cormorants, an islet on the mouth of Loch Laich on the West of Scotland.This castle has, like many its peers a interesting history, viz:

  • First castle built by the MacDougal Lords of Lorn.
  • Present castle built by the Stewart Lords of Appin in 1388 with much of the surviving structure  the work of Sir John Stewart prior to 1463.
  • Controlled by Clan Campbell in 1620, possibly the result of a purchase.
  • Besieged by Appin clansmen in 1745 but they failed to overwhelm the defending Campbells.
  • Abandoned and ruined by 1840.
  • Sympathetically restored in 1960s.


Castle Stalker, Loch Laich

Castle Stalker, Loch Laich, Scotland


Castle Stalker is open to the public during specified dates. Access is by boat.

Elsewhere today:

  • I have received two new tour enquiries including a Speyside Whisky Tour.
  • Made progress with an upcoming ancestry themed tour and have just received a cemetery map to assist with identification of an ancestor’s burial place.
  • Visited Hawkhead Cemetery, Paisley to progress ancestry research.