Dunyvaig Castle Ruins

Islay, United Kingdom

Dunyvaig Castle was built on top of an ancient fort or dun in the 12th century. Forfeited in 1493, the castle passed to the MacIans of Ardnamurchan. Afterwards the castle was leased to the MacDonalds, then the Campbells and back to the MacDonalds.

In the 17th century Dunyvaig was conquered several times by the English and Scottish armies. The castle was seized in 1647 by the Covenanters and passed into the hands of the Campbells of Cawdor, who held it until 1677, when Sir Hugh Campbell pulled down the castle and moved to Islay House.

Today all that remains of the castle are mainly the ruins of the sixteenth-century castle, although the site includes a thirteenth-century courtyard, and a fifteenth-century keep.

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A846, Islay, United Kingdom
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Founded: 12th century
Category: Ruins in United Kingdom

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MAX's Life In Motion (10 months ago)
I never expected there is an old castle here. Nice to hike around this area.
Dougie Mac Taggart (12 months ago)
This ruined castle at one time served as the naval fortress for the Lords of the Isles, a noble elite of the Clan Donald that ruled the western seaboard of Scotland, much of Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man until the late-15th century. Their fleet of single-masted galleys, called Birlinns, were harboured in Lagavulin Bay and their warrior crewmen were garrisoned near the castle.
Ian “Haggis” Gatens (12 months ago)
Wonderful ruins with views to die for... Just be carefull when exploring
electraglide669 (13 months ago)
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John Parsons (13 months ago)
The ruins aren't that great but worth visiting for views!
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