Argyll Castle Adventure
Argyll's three chief castles of Carrick, Duart and Fincharn offer tourists a powerful experience of looking back into Scotland's past. Previously homes to lords, ladies, earls and other nobles, each castle tells its own story. Discover the strength of these impressive structures which has lasted through the years. Beautifully set in green landscape the castles of Argyll are certainly a sight to behold. Scotland's Argyll Castle Horseback Trail is one of the most popular in the country. Picture yourself gliding across the countryside heading to ward one of the impressive castles. This exciting trail will take you to the magnificent castles of Argyll, across the glens, over streams and beside lochs. But even if you aren't a rider you can still enjoy the magnitude of Argyll's castles, which you don't want to miss.
Carrick Castle has a most dramatic position on the west shore of Loch Goil, south of Lochgoilhead in Argyll. The castle was in a state of disrepair but is now being restored. The striking location on a rocky outcrop is worth a visit and if you are equipped to walk and enjoy a bit of exercise you could take a walk till there. A scenic route is through the Argyll Forest Park where there is a sign posted footpath. One can take it from Ardentinny, near the southern entrance to Loch Long, all the way to Carrick Castle.
Fincharn Castle is in ruins with a few sections of walls still standing. It stands on a rocky promontory on the very edge of the southwest shore of Loch Awe. The name, Fincharn is derived from the Celtic Fiannacharn, the "Fingalians’ Mound", which is the name given to an unusually large burial cairn located on the nearby Fincharn Farm. The remains of the castle are less than a mile away from the community of Ford.
There has been a castle at Kilchurn for about 550 years, built on a small island in Loch Awe that is not much bigger than the castle itself. It was probably built by Sir Colin Campbell, first Lord of Glenorchy in about 1450, on the earlier site of a holding of McGregor of Glenstrae. Historically, the main approach to the castle from land has been from Dalmally to the east.
Lachlan Castle has been with the Maclachlan clan, one of the oldest highland clans, since the Middle Ages and the clan seat for nine hundred years. Overlooking the eastern shores of Loch Fyne in western Scotland, the present Castle Lachlan was built in the 18th century. It stands just a mile away from the ruins of the original Castle Lachlan, about ten minutes from Strathlachlan.