Thursday, April 24, 2014

Kilchurn Castle - Scotland

Look at these cards, aren't they wonderful? When I get cards like these, my 1st thought is "I want to go there and take dozens of pictures." The scenic Kilchurn Castle is definitely on my list of scottish castles to visit. 
The 1st card was sent by Doyel and the 2nd by Kerstin. 

 © Mike Guy
Kilchurn Castle is a ruined 15th and 17th century structure on a rocky peninsula at the northeastern end of Loch Awe, in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. Access to the Castle is sometimes restricted by higher-than-usual levels of water in the Loch, at which times the site effectively becomes a temporary island.
Kilchurn Castle was built in about 1450 by Sir Colin Campbell, first Lord of Glenorchy, as a five storey tower house with a courtyard defended by an outer wall.
Kilchurn was used as a Government garrison during the 1715 and 1745 Jacobite risings. 

Photography © Ian Mills
In 1760, the castle was badly damaged by lightning and was completely abandoned; the remains of a turret of a tower, still resting upside-down in the centre of the courtyard, attest to the violence of the storm.
The ruin is currently in the care of Historic Scotland, and is open to the public during the summer. - in: wikipedia

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