Trail to Mac Ewen Castle

Trail to Mac Ewen Castle, Scotland

 This evening, I am focusing on Clan MacEwen Castle the remains of which can be found near Otter Ferry  and Kilfinan on the east side of Loch Fyne in the west of Scotland. To actually reach the castle entails a hike across fields over a fence and then a beach but the effort is rewarded.

The earliest records identify one Ewen of Otter who was active in the area around AD1200. There are records of lineage through to 1432 when the barony of Otter was granted to Sween MacEwen by James I but thereafter the Clan was bereft of Chief, lands or archives and became dispossessed with Clan members  spreading around Scotland.

Today, many MacEwens view the ruined castle as a spiritual ‘homeland’.

In Gaelic the castle is known as Caesteal Mhic Eobhuin or Mac Ewen’s Castle.

It is evident from archaeological research that the castle site has been occupied by man for about 6000 years, i.e. from the Neolithic through to about AD1900. The site is actually part of a windswept promontory which does not facilitate soil accumulation as a consequence of which there is close connection between the various occupation levels. Noteworthy features include:

  • Alignment is 88ft NE-SW by 72 ft NW-SE.
  • In proximity to a prehistoric landsape  which includes Neolithic burial cairns, Bronze Age cairns and standing stones. Later features include a celtic temple and a medieval motte and bailey castle.
  • The site has yielded 15 archaeological artifacts including glass sherds, iron nails, stone implements, a coin of James I and a crucifix.
Mac Ewen Castle Plaque

Mac Ewen Castle Plaque, Loch Fyne


The castle is situated such that it is easily reachable in course of a day trip  from Glasgow with added bonus of scenery if the weather is favourable.

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