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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Malcolm Smith (6 months ago)
Definitely the most amazing place to stay. Your very own Scottish Castle for the night! Fabulous food, helpful friendly staff, four poster beds, superb views from the battlements the list goes on! Jess the hotel manager couldn't have been more helpful and Colin the chef with his 8 course taster menu, produced a fantastic food experience, with virtually all locally sourced ingredients. A stay here should be on everyone's bucket list!
Wiebke Bird (6 months ago)
Absolutely beautiful restoration, exquisite oak panelling sourced from the estate, excellent service and imaginative dishes. Excellent wine pairings, as well.
Kimberly Yong (7 months ago)
This stay was one of the highlights of our honeymoon!! Jess was so lovely and so accommodating. The food by Colin was absolutely in.cre.di.ble! Would definitely recommend staying here if you are looking for a treat!!!
Tim Richards (8 months ago)
Came across this place almost be accident while staying at a local campsite. Colin ( the chef) was outside and after a brief chat we booked a table for the tasting menu. Every course ( there were 8) was a creative masterpiece. Nothing too heavy and quality was magnificent. The staff were outstandingly friendly and the castle beautifully restored. An experience that we will treasure for a very long time. Quite brilliant
Alwyn Poulter (8 months ago)
What an amazing stay at Mingary Castle! The menu curated by Highland chef Colin was exquisite, and the setting and rooms are exceptional. All topped off with a G&T and otter spotting from the battlements.
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