Skipness 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 besieged by forces under the command of Alasdair Mac Colla. During the siege, Alasdair's brother, Gilleasbuig Mac Colla, was killed in August 1646. The castle was abandoned in the 17th century. The Green Lady of Skipness Castle is said to haunt the location.



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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom


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muhaimin alam (3 months ago)
Not only for castle but also for the whole area it’s beautiful…very Quiet and calm place.near to sea beach,near by one restaurant and a cow’s very good for a half day break.
Madalene Johnston (5 months ago)
What a hidden gem this is! Well done to Historic Scotland for the preservation and upkeep of this beautiful castle, amazing setting too! You can go right to the top for amazing views. Right beside a Smoke House, yummy smells ??
Robert Martin (5 months ago)
A lovely ruined castle with amazing views and even better views from the top. Ground floor all grass so bring proper footwear. FREE entry. Parking is a good 10 minute walk but there is on site blue badge parking. Toilets are available at the seafood cabin next door, which is definitely worth a visit also.
karen hopkinson (6 months ago)
Free castle next to the seafood cabin. You can climb the tower to get great views across to Arran.
Andi Bone (9 months ago)
Beautiful area with informative signs. Absolutely worth having a look around. Amazing views over to Arran from the roof.
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