Barcaldine Castle is a 17th-century tower house castle built by Sir Duncan Campbell, of Glenorchy, between 1601 and 1609. The castle fell into disrepair in the later 19th century, when Barcaldine House became the principal residence of the family. It was restored between 1897-1911 and now operates as the Barcaldine Castle bed & breakfast hotel.



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Founded: 1601-1609
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom


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claire hughes (4 months ago)
Beautiful room and setting. It felt very magical and I wish we’d stayed for longer. Delicious breakfast too, very thankful they had fresh fruit after so many cooked breakfasts!
Dark Riders (6 months ago)
Unexpected booking experience. Poor management by We had booked on the 8th We expected to stay their but just got an e-mail today 19th room unavailable unfortunately.
Mucky Paws (7 months ago)
Absolutely fantastic !!! Better than my stay at Gleneagles & Fonab Castle .The host's are excellent and can't do enough to help . I wouldn't have any hesitation in recommending this country castle , especially if you were considering it as an exclusive use ( rent the hole castle ) for a special occasion ... Highly recommended , so please go & stay there as you won't regret it !!
Matthew Hanagan (11 months ago)
Had such a lovely stay here in October 2019. Beautiful grounds and it was fun stepping into the "old world" feel of the castle. The service was also excellent and super friendly. A short ride to downtown Oban for food and spirits. Highly recommend stay here.
Andy Ashworth (2 years ago)
Just amazing. Abby and Daniel provided the absolute best location for my sister's wedding. The food is amazing and the castle is comfortable. We will definitely return.
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