In 2016, I ticked a castle off my wish list, Kilchurn Castle, one of the iconic castles of Scotland. We have passed by so many times, and each year I wanted to visit, but I wanted a nice sunny day. Well I got the sunny day in 2016, we parked in the small car park and then walked to the castle.
The closer we go to the castle, the bigger my smile got, finally I was going to explore one of my favourite castles. We walked up to the door…….it was locked, we tried again, and still it remained firmly locked……no it was suppose to be open, more people turned up, a discussion follow, but still it stayed well and truly locked. I did find a window to hold the camera up to, to get a shot of inside, as there wasn’t really any other way of seeing the interior, I got a little glimpse, which will have to do until we go back.
A little history ………Kilchurn Castle is a ruined structure on a rocky peninsula at the northeastern end of Loch Awe, in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. It was first constructed as a five storey tower house with a courtyard in the mid-15th century as the base of the Campbells of Glenorchy, who extended both the castle and their territory in the area over the next 150 years.
By the 17th century, it was a military barracks and in 1760 it was damaged by fire and abandoned. Kilchurn fell out of use and was in ruins by 1770. It is now in the care of Historic Environment Scotland.
After exploring in the sunshine, we made our way back to the car, a little disappointed, but it was still a good visit. The following photos show you how most people first see the castle from the road, the second is a close up of the same photo, but I have changed it to b&w.