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Duart Castle, Isle of Mull

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Duart Castle or Caisteal Dhubhairt in Scottish Gaelic is a castle on the Isle of Mull, off the west coast of Scotland, within the council area of Argyll and Bute. The castle dates back to the 13th century and is the seat of Clan MacLean.HistoryIn 1350 Lachlan Lubanach Maclean of Duart, the 5th Clan Chief, married Mary, daughter of John of Islay, Lord of the Isles and Duart was part of her dowry.In 1647, Duart Castle was attacked and laid siege to by the Argyll government troops of Clan Campbell, but they were defeated and driven off by the Royalist troops of Clan MacLean.In September 1653, a Cromwellian task force of six ships anchored off the castle, but the Macleans had already fled to Tiree. A storm blew up on the 13 September and three ships were lost, including HMS Swan.In 1678, Archibald Campbell, 9th Earl of Argyll, son of the Marquess of Argyll, successfully invaded the Clan MacLean lands on the Isle of Mull and Sir John Maclean, 4th Baronet fled the castle and withdrew to Cairnbulg Castle, and afterward to Kintail under the protection of the Earl of Seaforth.
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  • If you like castles, then of course you have to come here. It is a quintessential west highland castle in a glorious setting. Inside some rooms have dummies to enliven the tales they have to tell. Fin...  more »
  • Limited access that we were not forewarned about. My Mother in law was unable to go up the steep steps so we didn't stay long. Pleasant staff  more »
  • A splendid guide in kilt and sporran welcomed us to Duart Castle and was there to answer questions without being too obtrusive. The castle itself is uninspiring and doesn't have a great deal to show t...  more »
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  • Really stunning views all the way around, gorgeous with nice weather!! One great cup of tea.
  • Very personal as well as historical history - makes it more human. Plus very affordable entrance fee which is well worth it.
  • Loved its entirety, outside walks, inside castle rooms, great value for money abd the tea rooms and gift shop there are heaven.
  • Really nice place to visit, staff very knowledgeable, the cafe is very good with decent varied menu.
  • Beautiful place. Stunning backdrop

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