Dun Ara was a stronghold of the MacKinnon clan who held the land here from 1354 onwards. The castle was still in use until the 17th century when it was abandoned. The castle was probably built on the site of a previous Dun or fort. The castle had a surrounding wall protecting a central keep or building on the main outcrop of rock. The location was valuable as it protected a harbour of boat landing as well.

The castle was fortified by enclosing the entire rock summit with a curtain-wall of stone and lime, which varies from about 1.3 m to 1.8 m in thickness. It is best preserved on the north-east side, where it rises to a maximum height of 1.8 m, but little remains on the south-west and south-east sides. The masonry was built with coarse, lime mortar, much of it has washed out of the facework giving it the appearance of dry-stone walling. It is possible that in places the lower courses of masonry pre-date the medieval castle and belong to an earlier fort that occupied the same site. The entrance is on the south-east side.



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Founded: 14th century
Category: Ruins in United Kingdom


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Kerri H (2 years ago)
Lovely walk, gorgeous views.
Elaine Ringland (2 years ago)
Spectacular views from the top of this hill fort at Glengorm Estate Mull
Jessica Clement (2 years ago)
There is not much that remains of the castle ruins but this is a lovely walk through some sheep grazing fields near the coast. The views are great and Glengorm Castle Cafe offers delightful refreshments after your return. A perfectly doable walk and highly recommend.
Jason Preston (2 years ago)
Fantastic for walks and exploring the hidden coast. Visited the cafe, friendly staff and amazing service q
Alistair Alexander (2 years ago)
Note: this walk is across farmland, with sheep and Highland cattle, thus dogs should be kept on a lead. To get to this medieval castle, perched 15m up on top of one of the vertical, circular outcrops which are such a feature of the north of Mull, requires a 1.5 mile walk from the car park for Glengorm coffee shop. The path is not way marked, so you'd be best advised to bring a map. You can return by the same route or, for a longer circular walk, head SW along the coast, past Dùn Bàn, to Loarin Bay where seals can often be found sunning themselves. The pier here was used to bring in supplies to the castle, so unsurprisingly, there is a track which can be followed back to the castle and coffee house.
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