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Duart Castle

Duart Castle - Short History   

Duart Castle was built by the MacLeans in the 13th century on a headland guarding the Sound of Mull, on the Isle of Mull.

It was mostly been in MacLean hands ever since, though it was forfeited during the Jacobite uprising.

The great tower stands at the west corner of the courtyard, the walls of which are up to 15ft thick.

The north and south sides have 17th century buildings, but the south side is closed off with a wall and gateway.

From the main gate the way is made into the second floor of the keep, where one sees the kitchen, scullery, 15 feet deep well and ‘occupied’ dungeons.

One room has an exhibition on the Swan, Cromwell’s flagship, which sank off Duart in 1653.

The Sea Room has windows overlooking the Sound of Mull, and contains relics of RMS Lochinvar. The Banqueting Hall has a large armorial fireplace, billiard table, and display cabinets with numerous artifacts.

The stair leads up to the bedroom floor, where the State Bedroom and displays of clothing are shown.

The top floor has exhibits on the restoration of the castle, the chiefs of MacLean, and Scouting – Lord MacLean being Chief Scout. The stair continues up to the battlement, which afford wide views.

Facts

The castle is open for visitors on select days of the season (April to October). There is also a gift shop available at the castle.

Duart Castle Map&Location

Duart Castle Address: Lochdon Isle of Mull, PA64 6AP, United Kingdom. Get help with directions using the map provided bellow:


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 Duart Castle Photos

Source:: geograph.org.uk - clik on the images to enlarge
The Duart Castle
Duart Castle panorama
Duart Castle courtyard
Duart Castle courtyard
Duart Castle gounds
Sea kayak landing below Duart Castle
Photos source: geograph.org.uk
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