Gylen Castle was built in 1582 by the Clan MacDougall. Gylen was only occupied for a relatively short period of time. The castle was besieged then burned by the Covenanters under General Leslie in 1647 during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms.

In May 2006 a restoration of the castle was completed with a £300,000 grant by Historic Scotland and £200,000 raised by worldwide members of Clan MacDougall.



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Founded: 1582
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom


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Timothy Motley (17 months ago)
Our fourth time visiting the bay and the castle here. A nice walk to get to the castle (we saw buzzards, a kestrel, and a pair of sea eagles on our way). The castle itself has an interesting history which you can read about on the information signs and the views from the castle are spectacular. In wet weather the path can be very muddy and slippery.
Howard Boothby (2 years ago)
Stunning castle on the isle of Kerrera the views out to Mull on a clear day are fantastic.
Saskia S. (2 years ago)
Gylen Castle is one of those ruins that, by itself, wouldn’t really be worth it. But to me it’s always about the experience. Taking that little ferry over to Kerrera, hiking through green hills with nothing but sheep around, and ending up at ruins that sit beautifully atop a cliff with its little hilly path leading up to it is 100% worth the journey. The hike is about 2-3 hours from where you get off the ferry, depending on how fast you are and on how often you stop to take photos. Make sure to catch the ferry back to mainland or your stuck on Kerrera. I would have loved to see more of the island, but we got there a bit too late and it is larger than expected. Oh and watch out for all the sheep poop. It is seriously everywhere!
Anil Chakravorty (2 years ago)
This stone structure is a historical piece, this 16th century constructed structure is well maintained, The walls are encrypted with the ancient language describing the heritage of ancient times. Nice place. Visitors come here to explore more from this place. Great place.
Stuart Spreadborough (2 years ago)
A very well maintained historical piece. Well signed and annotated. Not easily reached for those that are less able. Lovely views from all directions as you would expect from a castle.
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