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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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  • Beautiful Castle , beautiful castle stands on a cliff, was the residence of McLeod, is now restored. Frequented and popular among tourists who come to the island of Mull. You can visit it inside, tick...  read more »
  • We visited this castle while visiting Mull for the day. On arrival we could see that the castle was under restoration. The grounds outside are beautiful and offer absolutely stunning views and panoram...  read more »
  • Beautiful castle very friendly staff and we had the privilege to meet with Lochlean Maclean . The history of the castle is amazing and should be maintain for future generations to see. 
  • It was a very enjoyable experience. I hope that they can raise the funds to restore the fabulous castle. It was lovely to meet the Laird and have my photo taken with him ! A charming man.
  • We had a great day out here - although the road to get there is terrifying! Single track to the extreme and there is a coach that runs back and forward that we happened to meet in both directions!! Great exhibits, well laid out with lots of information about what all the various things were. A fab day out if you like history. Take a jacket though - its pretty windy being at the top of the hill.
  • Lovely grounds, nice walk around the entire perimeter of the castle. The newly opened restaurant is superb and definitely worth a visit.
  • The grounds are lovely and the views are spectacular.Not part of Historic Scotland or the National trust for Scotland so had to pay £6 for what is a ruins. Better just going to the Tearoom and enjoying the views !!!!
  • Aye, if you seek interesting tours, ocean/bay views, insights on one of Scotland's most known clans, and why Duart Castle is well rated in the tour books, then plan most of day, starting with the great ferry rides to Mull. Of course, my dear Mother was a proud MacLean (Virtue Mine Honour!).
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