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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linda scott (18 months ago)
Lovely place, free to wander round, stunning location. Even took my dogs, no problem
Angela Knight (2 years ago)
Nice for a stroll sea food stall nearby
Linda Hubert (2 years ago)
Great place , fantastic castle and smokehouse full of goodies, crafts and food not just fish;cafe excellent delicious dishes, good value, highly recommended
Scottish bike touring Scottish bike touring (2 years ago)
Visited this on one of my regular Island adventure tours. It's great for clambering around on.
Tim Griffin (2 years ago)
Fascinating castle ruin in a wonderful setting. It’s great to be able to just walk about the grounds and amongst the historic walls. A staircase leads inside and eventually up on to the rooftop for incredible views.
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