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Castle Sween

Castle Sween is a magnificent building standing on a low headland that project into Loch Sween.

Castle Sween History

Tradition states that the castle was built by Sweyn, or Sueno, Prince of Denmark, in the 11th century, but certainly nothing of the present structure is as old.

The MacSweens, or MacSuibhnes, held the fortress until after the Wars of Independence (1296-1314), having opposed Bruce. John MacSween tried unsuccessfully to recover the lands in 1311.

The Lords of the Isles then obtained the castle, which for some years was held by Hector MacNeill on their behalf.

In 1481 the castle returned to royal hands and James III placed it in the keepership of Colin Campbell, Earl of Argyll. The building was destroyed in 1647 when MacDonald of Colkitto attacked it.

Castle Sween Tour

The irregular court is entered through a gateway in the south wall and remnants of buildings and a well can be seen inside. Three towers stand at corners of the yard, the Southeast being the smallest, with a watch-chamber.

The Northwest contains the prison, and the Northeast, or Macmillan’s Tower, contains a fine kitchen range with an oven, millstone and querns.

The oldest part of the castle was erected in the 12th century, but in the late 1400s it was improved and extended.

Castle Sween Map&Location

Address: Castle Sween Caravan Park, Ellary, Lochgilphead, Argyll & Bute PA31 8PT, United Kingdom. Get help with directions using the map provided bellow:

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Castle Sween
Castle Sween
Castle Sween inside
Castle Sween ruins
Residential caravan site at Castle Sween Bay
Loch Sween from Castle Sween
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