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TITLE
Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe
EXTERNAL ID
PC_JMSTRACHAN_108
PLACENAME
Loch Awe
DISTRICT
North Lorn
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: Ardchattan and Muckairn
PERIOD
1970s
CREATOR
JM Strachan
SOURCE
J I R Martin
ASSET ID
28962
KEYWORDS
Argyllshire
castles
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 earliest part of the castle was built by Sir Colin Campbell, first Lord of Glenorchy, in the mid-15th century. Kilchurn was significantly enlarged between 1690-1698 when towers and a barracks were constructed. The castle was used as a Government garrison during the 1715 and 1745 Jacobite Risings. The castle was abandoned in the mid-18th century and was unroofed in 1770. It has been in the care of Historic Scotland since the 1950s.

In 1803, while on a tour of Scotland, William Wordsworth wrote his poem, "Address to Kilchurn Castle, Upon Loch Awe", referring to the castle as the "Child of loud-throated War".

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Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe

ARGYLL: Ardchattan and Muckairn

1970s

Argyllshire; castles

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 earliest part of the castle was built by Sir Colin Campbell, first Lord of Glenorchy, in the mid-15th century. Kilchurn was significantly enlarged between 1690-1698 when towers and a barracks were constructed. The castle was used as a Government garrison during the 1715 and 1745 Jacobite Risings. The castle was abandoned in the mid-18th century and was unroofed in 1770. It has been in the care of Historic Scotland since the 1950s. <br /> <br /> In 1803, while on a tour of Scotland, William Wordsworth wrote his poem, "Address to Kilchurn Castle, Upon Loch Awe", referring to the castle as the "Child of loud-throated War".