Skipness Castle

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  • Skipness Castle stands on the east side of the Kintyre Peninsula, near the village of Skipness, just a short drive from Tarbert, Loch Fyne in the Heart of Argyll. The castle is a favourite among historical enthusiasts and families alike as you can explore inside the building and climb up a narrow staircase to the roof, where you’ll be treated to wonderful views across the Kilbrannan Sound to Arran.
     
    The main structure of the castle was built in the early 13th century by the Clan MacSween with later fortifications and other additions made to the castle through the 13th, 14th and 16th centuries.
    The castle was garrisoned with royal troops in 1494 during King James IV of Scotland’s suppression of the Isles. Archibald Campbell, 2nd Earl of Argyll granted Skipness to his younger son Archibald Campbell in 1511. During the Wars of the Three Kingdoms in 1646, the castle was sieged by forces under the command of Alasdair Mac Colla.
     
    The castle and neighbouring chapel are managed by Historic Scotland and are open all year round. There is no charge for entry and parking is free. You can also walk to Skipness Castle from Tarbert via the Kintyre Way.
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