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TITLE
Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe
EXTERNAL ID
PC_JMSTRACHAN_004
PLACENAME
Loch Awe
DISTRICT
North Lorn
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: Ardchattan and Muckairn
CREATOR
JM Strachan
SOURCE
J I R Martin
ASSET ID
28860
KEYWORDS
castles
clans
lochs
strongholds
buildings
Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe

Kilchurn Castle stands on a small promontory on Loch Awe, west of Dalmally. Originally the promontory was an island but a drop in water level means that the castle now has permanent land access.

The castle was built by Sir Colin Campbell, first Lord of Glenorchy, in 1450 and extensions were added over time. It was converted to a barracks in the 1690s by Sir John Campbell of Glenorchy and was used as a Government garrison during the 1715 and 1745 Jacobite Risings. The Campbells left Kilchurn Castle for Taymouth Castle in 1740 to focus on their Perthshire estates. Kilchurn was completely abandoned in 1760 after it was severely damaged in a lightning storm. It has been in the care of Historic Scotland since the 1950s.

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Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe

ARGYLL: Ardchattan and Muckairn

castles; clans; lochs; strongholds; buildings

J I R Martin

Kilchurn Castle stands on a small promontory on Loch Awe, west of Dalmally. Originally the promontory was an island but a drop in water level means that the castle now has permanent land access.<br /> <br /> The castle was built by Sir Colin Campbell, first Lord of Glenorchy, in 1450 and extensions were added over time. It was converted to a barracks in the 1690s by Sir John Campbell of Glenorchy and was used as a Government garrison during the 1715 and 1745 Jacobite Risings. The Campbells left Kilchurn Castle for Taymouth Castle in 1740 to focus on their Perthshire estates. Kilchurn was completely abandoned in 1760 after it was severely damaged in a lightning storm. It has been in the care of Historic Scotland since the 1950s.