We finally made the climb up to Tarbert Castle, on our visit of May 2016, and it was worth the effort in the hot sunshine. The views were beautiful, but there isn’t that much left of the castle, and really what you can see is a remains of a Tower House or Keep, built in 1494 by James IV, and I have taken photos of the notice boards which will tell you about it. As you walk up to the Tower House or Keep, you walk through the inner and outer baileys, which are just humps in the ground now, and all that is left of the ancient 1292 castle. When the castle fell into disrepair in 1760, most of the stone disappeared down the hill to the village, and I’m guessing that a lot of those village cottages have Royal Castle walls. But what I really remember most about the visit, apart from the fantastic views, were the hundreds of bluebells just covering the hillside, really beautiful. We then had to rush down the hill to catch our ferry to Islay, as we had lingered far too long in the sunshine.
8 Replies to “The Royal Castle of Tarbert, Argyll, Scotland”
That was well worth the climb. Beautiful views,and readable info boards made my coffee taste great!😄
Good I’m glad you could read the info boards and it was worth climb, when I got my breath back 🙂
Interesting! I looked up the location on google maps.
Its a very interesting part of Scotland, full of history 🙂
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Thank you so much, but I am an award free blog. I am quite happy that people like and leave messages. But thank you for thinking of me, Lynne 🙂
What lovely ruins, or is that an oxymoron? Yet, they are truly beautiful. I love that the UK has such devotion to preserving her ancient sites.
What you could say is ‘what lovely preserved ruins’ 🙂 Yes we like our ruins 🙂