Levan Castle is a fortified tower house in Levan area of Gourock, Inverclyde. A building had been on the site from the 14th century, but the present structure was substantially enlarged after 1547 and formed part of the Ardgowan Estates. In the 19th century a large mansion was built within a few metres of the ruined castle and was given the same name. The original castle was renovated in the 1980s. The castle has undergone further renovations in 2016 under its new owner, Kim Munro, who runs it as a bed & breakfast.



Your name


Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom


4.8/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Mini (2 years ago)
Beautiful castle, gorgeous views and wonderful atmosphere — and it's near the city (Edinburgh)! Scotland is such a great place. While I love England, Scotland beats it hands down in views and entertainment. And the people are always friendly. This B&B awakens one's imagination. So many story possibilities! From a foreigner visiting an old castle and encountering a brooding man who may or may not be real, to a mysterious boarding school with a questionable past — the possibilities are endless. As for the real world, the WiFi could use some improvement, but most hotels and B&Bs have this problem. You'll love it!
Shane Martin (3 years ago)
Loved the castle. Excellent experience.
Christy Whited (3 years ago)
This place was amazing!! Breakfast was awesome, very clean and appropriately decorated. Watching the sunset from the battlements was a great way to end the evening. We stayed in the Lairds room and it is huge!! If you are looking to stay in a castle that actually resembles a castle on the inside this is the place!
George Zastrow (3 years ago)
Atmosphere / Location – What an excellent location an atmosphere. Why stay in the city when a castle is so close? Very quaint and interesting B&B in Gourock. My wife and two older children only stayed the night and wish that we could have stayed in the area longer as it looked like there was plenty to do. Rooms - The rooms are very clean and well kept. Beds were very comfortable. We had everything we needed for our stay. Bath room - The bath room was also very clean. Again, everything that we needed was provided in ample supply for our stay. Breakfast – Breakfast was very tasty and none of us left hungry. Host / Amenities / Service – Your hosts have done a fantastic job furnishing this historic building. They are very friendly and accommodating, even for ‘late arriving’ guests. We had a fabulous time and highly recommend staying at Castle Levan.
Greg Williams (3 years ago)
Nice little B&B, the castle was renovated a number of years ago and is really cool. My wife and I stayed in the larger room with the private bathroom. The owner provided a great breakfast and was very helpful with information about local attractions. Wish we had another day or two to stay, we never got a chance to view the private garden area outside the castle. I would certainly recommend this B&B and would come back again.
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Kraków Cloth Hall

The Cloth Hall in Kraków dates to the Renaissance and is one of the city's most recognizable icons. It is the central feature of the main market square in the Kraków Old Town (listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978).

The hall was once a major centre of international trade. Traveling merchants met there to discuss business and to barter. During its golden age in the 15th century, the hall was the source of a variety of exotic imports from the east – spices, silk, leather and wax – while Kraków itself exported textiles, lead, and salt from the Wieliczka Salt Mine.

Kraków was Poland's capital city and was among the largest cities in Europe already from before the time of the Renaissance. However, its decline started with the move of the capital to Warsaw in the very end of the 16th century. The city's decline was hastened by wars and politics leading to the Partitions of Poland at the end of the 18th century. By the time of the architectural restoration proposed for the cloth hall in 1870 under Austrian rule, much of the historic city center was decrepit. A change in political and economic fortunes for the Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria ushered in a revival due to newly established Legislative Assembly or Sejm of the Land. The successful renovation of the Cloth Hall, based on design by Tomasz Pryliński and supervised by Mayor Mikołaj Zyblikiewicz, Sejm Marshal, was one of the most notable achievements of this period.

The hall has hosted many distinguished guests over the centuries and is still used to entertain monarchs and dignitaries, such as Charles, Prince of Wales and Emperor Akihito of Japan, who was welcomed here in 2002. In the past, balls were held here, most notably after Prince Józef Poniatowski had briefly liberated the city from the Austrians in 1809. Aside from its history and cultural value, the hall still is still used as a center of commerce.

On the upper floor of the hall is the Sukiennice Museum division of the National Museum, Kraków. It holds the largest permanent exhibit of the 19th-century Polish painting and sculpture, in four grand exhibition halls arranged by historical period and the theme extending into an entire artistic epoch. The museum was upgraded in 2010 with new technical equipment, storerooms, service spaces as well as improved thematic layout for the display.

The Gallery of 19th-Century Polish Art was a major cultural venue from the moment it opened on October 7, 1879. It features late Baroque, Rococo, and Classicist 18th-century portraits and battle scenes by Polish and foreign pre-Romantics.