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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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  • Hard to find how to get access but seen the sun coming up this morning but the castle was closed so missed out 
  • I went here in 2012 and loved it! Since my mother is descended from the Clan MacLean, I felt a special kinship. The tour was very interesting. I would love to see the restorations that are being done. 
  • Cute Castle and its surroundings, it is difficult to say so strongly impressed, but nice place to visit nonetheless.
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  • 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.
  • More impressive from the outside. Worth a picture and a visit to the gift shop. Skip the inside.
  • 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.
  • Lovely grounds, nice walk around the entire perimeter of the castle. The newly opened restaurant is superb and definitely worth a visit.
  • If the weather is good it's just amazing! If not have beer and enjoy inside of the castle ;)