Carnassarie Castle, Kilmartin Glen
Carnassarie Castle, Kilmartin Glen, Argyll

 This evening, I am focusing on Carnassarie Castle which is located about 1 mile north of Kilmartin in Argyll, West of Scotland. The elevated site  affording commanding views over Kilmartin Glen is ideal for a fortification. Indeed evidence suggests the possibility of a fortified settlement on the site dating back to the Iron Age (about 2000 years ago). There was almost certainly one medieval castle preceding the current one. Some key facts concerning the present castle:

  • Dates from 1565-1572 with some remodelling in the 17th century.
  • Was built by John Carswell who acquired the site in 1559 from the Earls of Argyll.
  • Carswell was also Rector of Kilmartin and by 1567 had become Bishop of the Isles.
  • The castle consists of a tower and hall range which are well preserved.
  • After John Carswell’s death in 1572, the castle was retained in the Carswell family for two generations until it passed into Campbell control.
  • The castle was besieged and partly burned in 1685 and thereafter fell into disrepair.
  • Finally transferred to State ownership after World War II.
  • The site is open all year round and is deserving of a visit when in the Kilmartin area.
  • Interior of Carnassarie Castle

 

Fireplace, Carnassarie Castle

Fireplace, Carnassarie Castle, Argyll

Carnassarie Castle, Kilmartin Glen
Carnassarie Castle, Kilmartin Glen, Argyll

Carnassarie Castle, Kilmartin Glen

Carnassarie Castle, Kilmartin Glen, Scotland

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