Lochranza Castle
Lochranza Castle
Lochranza Castle stands on a narrow neck of land connected to the south shore of Loch Ranza, at the northern tip of Arran. The first castle here was erected in the late 13th or early 14th century, as a rectangular hall house defended by a small tower at the south west corner.
Sometime in the late 16th century the medieval castle was enlarged and strengthened, possibly by a member of the Stewart family of Menteith. The castle was briefly occupied by troops under James VI in 1614, and later by soldiers under Oliver Cromwell.

The castle is now in a ruinous state, though the outer shell provides a wonderfully scenic picture, rising above the waters of the loch. The remains stand three storeys high, with an attic level, and a south wing rising another two storeys. It is now in the hands of Historic Scotland.

If you arrive early enough in the morning you may find a local herd of deer coming down to the loch to drink and graze, and the combination of the deer and the castle is such a marvellous and totally 'Scottish' picture!