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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WongieProductions (22 months ago)
Beautiful castle with amazing surroundings, an absolute treat to the senses. The hosts Abbie and Daniel are perfect - polite and humble, they make the experience
Miles Votek (22 months ago)
Abbie and Daniel are amazing hosts who lovingly take care of this castle. What a gem - this was our favorite place we stayed while traveling in the UK in January 2019. Abbie and Daniel picked us up and dropped us off from the bus stop that's just a bit too far to walk from in a reasonable amount of time. They were so warm and welcoming, they are really great people. They accommodated us so nicely on their last night of being open for the year before the castle's yearly break in service. We felt like we had the whole castle to ourselves - we practically did! Just sitting by the fire in the main dining hall and sipping a dram was dreamy. Look up the history of this castle if you intend on going - it's fascinating! Breakfast wa superb and the best 'full scottish' we got on our trip. Thank you Abbie and Daniel!
Carole Greenway (22 months ago)
Held my son's wedding here this weekend, absolutely brilliant, abbie and Daniel were so helpful and the service really good, bedrooms superb, would highly recommend, thank you to everyone
Rebecca Hartigan (2 years ago)
Gorgeous in every way. Lovely room (Airds) with a turret & 3rd floor view. Clean, well-appointed rooms, lots of common areas to explore, fabulous complete breakfast. Just wish we had allotted more time to this treasure.
Sean Buckallew (2 years ago)
Amazing experience. The caretakers are very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was delicious. We loved hanging out in the common rooms sipping local whiskeys. The rooms are very eloquent and extremely comfortable. Best nights sleep while traveling in scotland for 2 weeks. I only wish we spent more than one night here!
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