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Castle Stalker, Appin

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Castle Historic Site
Castle Stalker is a four-story tower house or keep picturesquely set on a tidal islet on Loch Laich, an inlet off Loch Linnhe. It is about north-east of Port Appin, Argyll, Scotland, and is visible from the A828 road about mid-way between Oban and Glen Coe. The islet is accessible from the shore at low tide. The name "Stalker" comes from the Gaelic Stalcaire, meaning "hunter" or "falconer".In recent times, the castle was brought to fame by the Monty Python team, appearing in their film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.SettingThe island castle's picturesque appearance, with its bewitching island setting against a dramatic backdrop of mountains, has made it a favourite subject for postcards and calendars, and something of a cliché image of Scottish Highland scenery. Castle Stalker is entirely authentic; it is one of the best-preserved medieval tower-houses surviving in western Scotland. It forms part of the Lynn of Lorn National Scenic Area, one of forty in Scotland.
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  • Stunning view to see after 10 years living in London. Nature is beautiful so the castle. It is surrounded by water.  more »
  • Made famous by Monty Python movies, this castle has a great location on a little islet. There's a great view of it from the main road at the town of Portnacroish. We also drove in through the town of ...  more »
  • Stop and take a picture of the iconic view. Not sure how one gets to this castle, but there is a cafe off the main road where you can stop and look.  more »
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  • Enjoyed an excellent tour of Castle Stalker, I've passed by a few times and been desperate to visit so booked a tour on their website, not disappointed. The tour was conducted by a member of the owning family so he was very knowledgeable about the history and restoration of the castle, including it's role in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • If you drive past and don't book to be shown round Castle Stalker, you will regret it. One of the best afternoons I have ever spent in the highlands. It inspired me to write my current novel Girl in the Castle (published April 2017) although I have changed the name of the castle from Stalker to Castle Tearmanaire (meaning guardian/protector).
  • Wonderful scenery if you can work out how to get close to it, when you do it's a fantastic view
  • Lovely Drive from Glencoe to Oban stopped for coffee and photo's of The Castle great view's and scenery 👍👍
  • Great place to stop and llok at a wonderful castle and loch Tony

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