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Castle Stalker, Appin
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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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  • For a huge Money Python fan this was heaven! To tour the castle the tides must be just right, otherwise all you can do is look at it from the shore. The owner is very educated in the history of the ca...  more »
  • The place is really impressive, from the beach overlooking the Castle surrounded by the sea is fantastic. We were lucky enough to be completely alone and stopped to admire the landscape for a long time. A magical and romantic, plus we saw some deer from pretty close:)
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  • Well worth a trip to hear the history of the castle and how one family have restored it. A never ending work in progress and labour of love. 
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  • Definitely not the tour I was expecting but one of the most enjoyable tours I've ever done. This is a castle that was bought and restored by a wonderfully eccentric family. One of the sons in that family maintains it now and gives tours. He WILL quote Monty Python with you if you require that like we did.
  • What a view..the Loch looks huge..im thinking "ive seen this before, in a dream maybe but defo familiar",so I walk back to the lovely tea room for an expensive cappuccino and scone,and I Google Castle Stalker..Turned out it was in 1 of my fave films, Monty Python and the Holy Grail..I knew it looked familiar..Anyway it looks awesome inside too.
  • An amazing castle. The tour is awesome. The place is really beautiful !!
  • Fabulous view
  • Iconic location photographed by millions (probably )