Tioram Castle

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Mallaig, Scotland

Tioram Castle Mallaig Reviews

sarahelaine sarahela…
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A real ruin Apr 23, 2011
Many people come to Scotland for the romantic ruined castles. And they go away happy, with their pencil from the romantic gift shop and their beautiful photos, that artfully conceal the coach park.

This is a real ruin, miles from anywhere, and crumbling. There is a car park, but it's a short walk away.

The castle has lain derelict for a long time. It is medieval, and the faded sign must be very old indeed because it says that you are welcome to explore the ruins, but there is more modern signage saying it is totally forbidden to go in, and a bit forbidden to go close, and realistically, if a rock falls on your head its your own fault.

So that's you warned.

The castle is on an island. I don't know if it's a natural island or a crannog (ancient man made island for building fortresses), but it's approached over a causeway. The ruins are actually not badly preserved, apart from the large chunks that have fallen off in the last couple of decades.

The area is quiet and beautiful. You won't have it to yourself, but towards evening, it might feel that way. The sea loch here is beautiful and there are lovely wildflowers.

There is no charge for either the car park, or the island, and obviously not for the castle. It is incredibly beautiful here.
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