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 Castles of Scotland - Castle Stalker






Location
near Portnacroish, Argyll and Bute, Scotland

Description
Castle Stalker can be seen from the A828 main road about mid-way between Oban and Glen Coe. The islet is accessible with difficulty from the shore at low tide.

Castle Stalker is a four story tower house (or keep) situated in a picturesque location on a tidal islet on Loch Laich off Loch Linnhe. This castle is a favorite view for postcards and calendars The castle is a well-preserved medieval tower-house. Castle Stalker is privately owned and visits can be arranged through the official web site for the castle, subject to advance notice, weather and tides.

History
Castle Stalker was built originally a small fort built around 1320 by Clan MacDougall who were then Lords of Lorn. Around 1388 the Stewarts took over the Lordship of Lorn, and it is believed that they built the castle in its present form around the 1440s. The castle passed to Clan Campbell in the 17th century. The Campbells abandoned the castle around 1840, when it lost its roof. In 1908 a Stewart bought the castle again and carried out basic conservation work, and in 1965 Lt. Col. D. R. Stewart Allward acquired the castle and fully restored it.

The Arts
This castle was used in the filming of the 1975 movie, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" - Castle Stalker was the Castle Aaargh! seen at the end of the movie.
It also appeared in the film "Highlander: Endgame".


Other Castles in the Area
  Ardtornish Castle, Highland
  Barcaldine Castle, Argyll and Bute
  Duart Castle, Argyll and Bute
  Dunollie Castle, Argyll and Bute
  Dunstaffnage Castle, Argyll and Bute
  Gylen Castle, Argyll and Bute
  Kilchurn Castle, Argyll and Bute
  Kinlochaline Castle, Highland
  Torosay Castle, Argyll and Bute







Torosay Castle
Castle Stalker was used in the filming of the 1975 movie, Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Photograph by David Plotzki. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Torosay Castle
View of Castle Stalker with Lismore Island behind taken from the A828.

Photograph by Norrie Adamson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)


 Castle Stalker map