CRAIGNURE, ARGYLL & BUTE
Duart would not be the fine castle it is today had it not been for the determination and foresight of Sir Fitzroy Maclean, 14th Baronet and great-grandfather of the present clan chief. Sir Fitzroy was only a boy when he saw the ruined Duart Castle for the first time and reputedly uttered the words, ‘It is going to be my life’s ambition to restore the castle as a family home and headquarters of the clan.’ This he achieved, with the aid of Scottish architect Sir John Burnet, at the age of 76. Today, members of the Maclean Clan travel from all over the world to visit the ancestral home. Sir Fitzroy, a veteran of the Crimea, died a centenarian in 1936. Earliest records suggest that the castle dates from the mid-13th century, since when the Clan Maclean have endured a colourful and sometimes bloody existence on Mull. The castle today contains much memorabilia, including some horn snuffboxes and an 18th-century horn container for wig powder. The banqueting hall, where the walls are 23 feet thick in places, contains some family portraits and three regimental flags. The stateroom is furnished as it was for the honeymoon of Lord Maclean and his bride (parents of the present clan chief) during World War II.
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Suitable for all child ages
- Parking onsite
- Opening Times: Open Apr, Sun-Thu 11-4; May-Oct, daily 10.30-5
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About The area
Discover Argyll & Bute
This is a county that’s all about awe-inspiring landscapes and unique island cultures. Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney put the area on the map when he wrote Mull of Kintyre, recorded in 1977 with the local pipe band backing his group. Kintyre is a long, thin peninsula that points south from the mainland, sheltering the mouth of the Firth of Clyde from the open sea. It’s very nearly an island, with just a narrow isthmus connecting it with Knapdale, to the north.
Tucked away at the end of the Firth of Clyde, Bute has been the holiday playground for generations of Glaswegians and is home to some of the finest golden beaches anywhere on the west coast. It may not boast the wild mountain grandeur of some of Scotland’s other islands, but Bute is blessed with swathes of heathery moorland and a range of low, fertile hills, perfect for walking and studying the local wildlife. Such is the variety of landscapes that make up this county.
To experience the sights and sounds of the area, visit Dunoon in late August for the Cowal Highland Gathering, when more than 150 pipe bands from all over the world compete for prestigious trophies.
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