Castles


Duart Castle
There are five castles on the Isle of Mull:  Duart Castle, Torosay Castle, Glengorm Castle, Moy Castle, Dun Ara Castle and Aros Castle.

Duart Castle

Duart Castle is the most well known of the castles on the Isle of Mull, and its prominent position beside the coast is iconic.

Duart Castle is the home of the Clan Maclean, looking proudly over the Sound of Mull.  Originating from the 14th century, the Castle was built in stages.  It was surrendered by the Macleans to the Duke of Argyll, and Government forces used the Castle until 1751.

Duart Castle has been magnificently restored under the instruction of Sir Lachlan Maclean, the current Chief of the Clan Maclean, and although some works continue, Duart Castle is open to the public.  A walk through the dungeons and up onto the top of the keep, looking out over the sea to the mainland, is very special indeed.

At the time of writing, Duart Castle was open from approximately April/May till October, with an entrance price of £5.50 for adults, £4.90 for concession, £2.75 for children, and £13.75 for a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children).  Check locally for opening times and entrance prices.

The nearest ferry access point is Craignure, which is the landing point for ferry services from Oban.  There is a bus which runs to Duart Castle from the Craignure ferry, meeting it at specified times – check locally before travelling.

Torosay Castle

Torosay Castle is a mid-Nineteenth Century castle located close to Duart Castle.  It is therefore of a much different style from Duart Castle, being designed by the famous architect David Bryce, who also designed the Bank of Scotland headquarters located on the Mound, Edinburgh.  There is some self-catering accommodation available at Torosay Castle, which is only 1.5 miles from the Craignure pier.

Glengorm Castle

Glengorm Castle sits at the northern tip of Mull.  Built in 1860, the Castle looks out over the Atlantic Ocean and on to the Outer Hebrides.

There is a coffee shop, a farm shop and an art gallery at Glengorm Castle.  The Castle also has bed and breakfast, self-catering and wedding functions – enquire locally.  The nearest town is Tobermory.

Moy Castle

Moy Castle is not accessible for safety reasons.  It consists of a ruined tower at the head of Loch Buie, and there are very charming walks around the Castle.

Dun Ara Castle

Dun Ara Castle is a ruin on top of a prominent rock near Tobermory, on the Glengorm estate.

Aros Castle

Dating from the 13th century, Aros Castle used to be a major stronghold for the Lordship of the Isles.  The Castle is in ruins, and if you choose to walk among the ruins you do so at your own risk, so please be careful.

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