Notes: Castle is located in Carrick Castle on the shores of Loch Goil. No signposts or car park but off road parking is available.
WHAT IS THERE TO SEE?
A twelfth century tower house. The castle itself is privately owned so only the exterior can be viewed but public access land surrounds the tower. There are a number of hill walks in the near vicinity that offer superb views of Lochs Goil and Long as well as good views of the castle.
NO OFFICIAL SITE
Castle is privately owned with no internal access.
1. Mary Queen of Scots visited Carrick Castle in 1563.
Originally a hunting lodge utilised by the Kings of Scotland, Carrick Castle was in English hands by the early fourteenth century. Captured by Robert the Bruce, it then passed into the hands of the Campbell Clan and was attacked when Archibald Campbell rebelled against James VII in 1685.
HISTORY OF CARRICK CASTLE
Situated on the shores of Loch Goil there has been a castle at Carrick since the twelfth century. Owned by the Lamont family it was probably used initially as a hunting lodge to exploit the nearby forest of Argyll but by the early fourteenth century it was under English control and occupied by Henry Percy. This changed in 1307 when Robert I (the Bruce) captured the castle as part of his resumption of the war against England. In 1368 the castle was granted to the Campbell clan, Earls of Argyll who built the Tower house visible today.
The castle saw action in 1685 when it was held by forces of Archibald Campbell, Earl of Argyll, who had rebelled against James VII (II of England). James sent HMS Kingfisher to bombard the castle badly damaging the structure and it was subsequently pillaged then gutted by fire. The castle then passed into the hands of the Earls of Dunmore but was left in a ruinous condition.
Today the castle has been restored and is now a private home but the loch still provides a military function; ships and submarines of the Royal Navy visit here to use the noise ranging facilities.