Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe, Scotland

Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe, Scotland.

This evening, I am reporting on Kilchurn Castle, a romantic ruin situated at the northern end of Loch Awe in Argyll, West of Scotland. Location is about 16 miles directly north of Inveraray.

This castle is usually visible from a vantage point on A819 highway but close proximity access is difficult and, as of today, is not officially open to the public.

A brief history of Kilchurn Castle:

  • Originally a Tower House dating from 1440 when associated with Sir Colin Campbell of Glenorchy aka Black Knight of Rhodes.
  • Kilchurn was a key link in maintaining Campbell control of Western Scotland post 1500.
  • Besieged by Royalists for two days in 1654 and again in 1685 in context of a rebellion by the Earl of Argyll, a Protestant, against the forces of the Catholic James VII.
  • Garrisoned by Hanoverian troops during the Jacobite uprisings of 1715 and 1745.
  • In 1740 the Campbells relocated to Taymouth Castle in Perthshire and abandoned Kilchurn. Later, in 1769, the castle was damaged by lightning. The castle was then used as a quarry by local builders.
  • In 1817, drainage work resulted in a lowering of the water level on Loch Awe leaving the castle well positioned on dry land and well suited to the local landscape.
Landscae view of Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe, Scotland.

Landscae view of Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe, Scotland.

Northern end of Loch Awe, Scotland

Northern end of Loch Awe, Scotland.

Loch Awe landscape in winter.

Loch Awe landscape in winter.

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