Skipness Castle

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Skipness Castle


Skipness Castle 20080425 from north west.jpg
Skipness Castle, seen from the Northwest
Location: 55°46’5"N, 5°20’11"W
Village: Skipness
Built 13th century
Owned by: Historic Scotland
Website: Skipness Castle

Skipness Castle stands on the east side of the Kintyre Peninsula of Argyllshire near the village of Skipness.


The main structure of the castle was built in the early 13th century by the Clan MacSween with later fortifications and other additions made to the castle through the 13th, 14th and 16th centuries.

View from Skipness Castle

The castle was garrisoned with royal troops in 1494 during King James IV of Scotland's suppression of the Isles. Archibald Campbell, 2nd Earl of Argyll granted Skipness to his younger son Archibald Campbell in 1511.[1]

During the Wars of the Three Kingdoms in 1646, the castle was besieged by forces under the command of Alasdair Mac Colla. During the siege, Alasdair's brother, Gilleasbuig Mac Colla, was killed in August 1646.[2]

The castle was abandoned in the 17th century.

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