Having passed this castle so many times in the past, we stopped on our last visit, so I could grab a couple of photos. I love this castle, because for me it is the real thing, what the shape a Scottish castle should look like……..of course this is my own opinion. I think its the turrets, they have that fairytale look……but that is so far from the truth……because, this castle is haunted.
Barcaldine Castle is a tower castle, built by Sir Duncan Campbell of Glenorchy, a man known for his black heart, between 1591 and 1601. The castle is situated near the beautiful Loch Creran, with the mountains of Glencoe in the background, not to far from Oban on the west coast of Scotland. Once known as the Black Castle of Benderloch because of the dark stone used in its construction, the castle was abandoned by the Campbell family in 1735 and fell into disrepair in the 19th century. In 1897 the Campbell family bought the castle back and Sir Duncan Campbell the 3rd Baronet restored the building.
The castle is now a guest house, a haunted guest house, with a Great Hall and a Lairds Parlour, the perfect settings for a haunting.
The castle is said to be haunted by the ghost of Donald Campbell, Duncan’s brother. The Campbell clan were engaged in bitter disputes with the MacDonald clan for hundreds of years and there were many murders on each side. Although apparently, it is only Donald Campbell who started to haunt the castle to chastise his brother Duncan.
The man who murdered Donald was Stewart of Appin, who after Donald’s murder, came to stay at the castle. In the Highlands the custom at the time, was to give a guest free food and board, this angered the said murdered Donald. The story goes on to say, that Donald started to haunt the building to try to make his brother realise, that Stewart of Appin was his murderer. Duncan did not hear about his brothers death until after Steward had left the castle and his was never able to revenge his brother. Donald has remained at the castle and from time to time his ghost appearing to staff and visitors.
I shall never past the castle again without thinking of poor Donald and I just thought it was a lovely place to spend a holiday.
From our visit 2013