Lochranza Castle, Arran

Lochranza Castle, Arran, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on Lochranza Castle which is located on the north of the Isle of Arran which lies in turn lies off the west coast of Scotland.
  • Dates from the 13th century when it was owned by the MacSweens. May have been by¬†Dugald MacSween of Skipness.
  • In 1262, King Alexander III granted the castle and its lands to Walter Stewart, the Earl of Menteith.
  • By 1371, the castle was the property of Robert II. when it may have been used as a royal hunting lodge.
  • During the 1490s, James IV used the castle in his campaign against the Lord of the Isles and the Clan MacDonald.
  • In 1614 it was occupied by James VI and in the 1650s it was used by Cromwell’s forces.
  • Acquired by the powerful Hamilton family by 1705.
  • Subsequently sold it to the Blackwood-Davidson family who used it as their principal seat.
  • During 18th century the castle was abandoned and fell into disrepair.
  • The castle is now in the care of Historic Environment Scotland.

Lochranza Castle, Arran

Lochranza Castle, Arran, Scotland

Lochranza Castle, Arran

Lochranza Castle, Arran, Scotland

Lochranza Castle is reasonably well preserved and enhances the local landscape.
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