History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 15th century tower house and 17th century military barracks
The first 'castle' on the site was built in 1440 and it wasn't a castle at all, but a five storey tower house, protected by a perimeter wall. The builder was Sir Colin Campbell of Glenorchy, popularly known as the Black Knight of Rhodes for his exploits in the Crusades. But how easy it is to ascribe most building projects to the male head of a household! In this case, and probably in many others, that attribution is missplaced. Tradition says that the building project at Kilchurn was actually overseen by Margaret Campbell, Sir Colin's wife, during her husband's long absence fighting abroad.
Summing up Kilchurn
If you are fortunate enough to watch the day break at Kilchurn you will realise that it is indeed one of the most picturesque castles in Scotland. The location at the head of Loch awe, surrounded by hills, is simply stunning. The best views that I have seen of the castle are from the A819 running south along the shore towards Cladich.
The main access to Kilchurn is a minor road off the A85 between Dalmally and Lochawe village. If you come by way of Lochawe (the village, not the Loch!) do take the time to visit the extraordinary church of St Conan; it is truly an exceptional building.
NOTE: The castle is not currently open to the public.
About Kilchurn Castle
Address: Loch Awe, Dalmally, Argyll and Bute, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Attraction Type: Castle
Location: off the A85, 2 ½ m (3.8 km) W Dalmally, at the north eastern end of Loch Awe
Website: Kilchurn Castle
Phone: 01786 431 323
OS: NN133 276
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
St Conan's Kirk - 1.2 miles (Historic Church)
Loch Awe - 7.1 miles (Countryside)
Bonawe Iron Furnace - 8.1 miles (Historic Building)
Ardchattan Priory - 11 miles (Abbey)
Ardkinglas Woodland Garden - 11.1 miles (Garden)
Inveraray Castle - 11.7 miles (Historic House)
Inveraray Maritime Museum - 12.1 miles (Museum)
Inveraray Jail - 12.1 miles (Museum)
Nearest Accommodation to Kilchurn Castle:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Kilchurn Castle. 'Nearest' may involve a long drive up and down glens or, if you are near the coast, may include a ferry ride! Please check the property map to make sure the location is right for you.
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Tourist Information Centre
Argyll and Bute
Tel: 01499 302 063