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Carrick Castle, Argyll and Bute

Location: Lochgoilhead, Cairndow, Argyll PA24 (map and directions)

Carrick Castle is located between Cuilmuich and Carrick, 4 miles south of Lochgoilhead. The castle is a two-storey 15th-century tower house above a central great hall. The castle has walls which are seven feet thick and stands 64 feet high with a 17th century structure which was added to the original rectangular house.

Carrick Castle, Argyll & Bute copyright WF Millar
Carrick Castle © WF Millar

History of Carrick Castle

Carrick Castle was a royal stronghold and held by the Earls of Argyll, and was one of their three chief castles in addition to Duart and Fincharn, and Mary Queen of Scots visited here in 1563.

A battle in 1685 between Archibald Campbell against King James VII resulted in the keep losing its roof, which was never replaced for tax purposes. Carrick’s keep remained a ruin for many years, but is now in private ownership and being restored.

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Aside from the keep, Carrick Castle is now an impressive ruin open to the public.

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