Castles

The history of Mull can come to life by visiting some of Mull’s castles and transporting yourself back in time. Duart Castle is the ancestral home of the Clan Maclean and is several 100’s of years old. Prominently sitting on a crag overlooking the Sound of Mull, it is clearly visible as you pass by on the ferry from Oban to Craignure. Restoration by Sir Lachlan Maclean is ongoing but the major repairs were completed in 1995 and it is now open to the public. Just a mile from Craignure you can find Torosay Castle,  a 150 year old baronial style castle surrounded by magnificent gardens. It has a narrow gauge steam railway which transports between 25,000 – 30,000 people each year from Craignure to Torosay Castle – great fun for kids and adults! The ruins of Aros Castle can be found on a headland just more than a mile outside Salen. It was built in the1200’s as part of a series of defences along the both sides of the Sound of Mull – Duart Castle also being one of these. Care should be taken if exploring the ruins as they can be dangerous due to old stonework, deep vegetation and sheer drops. Moy Castle was built in the 15th century by Hector Maclean the brother of Maclean of Duart. A three story tower with a garret it stands on a low rocky platform at the head of Loch Buie. Restoration work is underway so access to the castle is not permitted for safety reasons, however the castle is still worth a visit as it has a commanding view over Loch Buie.