Mingarry Castle Ruins

Highland, United Kingdom

Mingarry Castle was considered a strategically important site in terms of communication with overseas areas and as an entranceway to the Sound of Mull. Originally built in the 13th century for the Clan MacDonald of Ardnamurchan, the castle has had many different occupants. King James IV of Scotland used it as a stronghold for fighting off Clan Donald in the late 15th century. In 1515 the castle was besieged by the Clan MacDonald of Lochalsh and again two years later when they finally took the castle.

In 1588 the chief of the Clan MacLean of Duart resided there after capturing the chief of the Clan MacIan of Ardnamurchan. In 1588, one of the ships of the Spanish Armada, named the San Juan de Sicilia, landed on Mull and MacLean of Duart used troops from the ship to aid him in his warring against the MacDonalds of Clanranald and the MacIans of Ardnamurchan. On one occasion, a force from the ship besieged to the castle for three days before withdrawing.

Other occupants over the years included the Clan Campbell, the Earls of Argyll (in 1612), and Alasdair Colkitto MacDonald who fought the English Parliamentarians of Oliver Cromwell in 1644. The majority of the current building dates from the 17th century onwards. Mingarry is roughly hexagonal in shape with nine-foot-thick walls, thicker on the seaward side.



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


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User Reviews

Greg Muir (2 years ago)
Phenom. Simply put. One of the best, most interesting meals I’ve had in Scotland. Wonderfully restored castle, epic!
Alexandra Izyk (2 years ago)
Such an amazing place to stay! The food was uniquely delicious, the views were breathtaking, and the rooms were absolutely gorgeous and comfortable. Every member of the staff was so kind and helpful. An incredible hidden gem, and well worth the beautiful drive!
Camilla Selahn (2 years ago)
What an amazing experience! Scenery, comfort, service an food - all top notch!
Jon (2 years ago)
The managers (a husband and wife team) were really friendly and the suite we had was spacious, comfortable and very well equipped. We have always dreamed of staying in a castle and this one did not disappoint, highly recommended.
Andrea Dawn (3 years ago)
My husband and I stayed here at the beginning of May and had an absolutely amazing stay. The castle is beautiful and the meals were amazing. We definitely recommend booking in for the meal there, the food was really the best. Thank you for an awesome experience!
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