Kilchurn Castle.

Start. Castle car park.

Notes. Kilchurn Castle stronghold of the Campbell Clan for over 400 years once stood proud on an island at the head of Scotland's longest loch, Loch Awe, that is until the road builders of the 20th century arrived, the water level was lowered to allow the road to Oban to be driven through the glen, the castle now stands on a boggy spit of land easily accessible on foot.

We parked in one of two small car parks just after the junction of the A819 Inveraray road, (if you're heading to Oban) the way was marked by a well trod path raised above the marsh with the castle always in view, we returned the same way.


The imposing sight of Kilchurn Castle as seen from the road to Inveraray.

Guarding the head of Loch Awe and the entrance to beautiful Glen Orchy the remains of Kilchurn Castle.

Abandoned in the 18th century the castle remains almost intact, built on an island local communities were unable to pilfer the stone for use as building materials, the fate of many castles in the British Isles.

From the castle walls stunning views down Loch Awe Scotland's longest loch.

Storm clouds over Glen Lochy.

Views into Glen Strae

To the right Beinn Eunaich, in the distance Bainn a'Chochuil and rising on the left the slopes of Stob Diamh seen over the head of Loch Awe.

The impressive stonework of Kilchurn Castle stonghold of the Clan Campbell for over 400 years.

The main hall, burnt out by a lightning strike in the 18th century, rumour has it the strike was probably the Clan McGregor of Glen Strae.

Kilchurn Castle seen from the east.

Time to head back to the car, it looks like the Highland weather's about to catch up with us.

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