Kilchurn Castle, near Inveraray and Tyndrum area, - Day 5
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April 30th, 2010 – by: signedcutie
Kilchurn castle was built in 1450 by Sir Colin Campbell and started out as a tower house. Over the next half a century further buildings were built amongst the tower house. Apparently it was first built on an island in Loch Awe; however, now this is not the case and one would never guess that water once surrounded it. In the late 1600's, Sir John Campbell decided that he wanted to use the Kilchurn Castle as a soldier barrack; however, later was overtaken by the construction at Fort Williams.
In 1715-1745, the government used it during the Jacobite rebellions. The Campbell family attempted to sell the castle to the government with not success. They later abandoned it in 1760 for new headquarters. Currently it is now owned by Historic Scotland.
It was definitely interesting to see the bare bones of the castle make-up; however, that being said, it definitely is not a must see. Our tour guide reported that some individuals do not respects it's beauty and at times use it as a public urinal. I can agree with this because there were some points within the castle that it definitely smelled correct to this report. Either way, if you are in the area and are in need of a leg stretch, or are simply interested in old castle, take the time to see this one. Perhaps as the year's progress more restoration will be applied to this area.
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