Duart Castle, Isle of Mull

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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  • August 21, 2017
    I went to Duart Castle with my partner and three good friends. It is the seat of the Macleans of Duart, a clan to which my family was a sept. The castle is steeped in Scottish and English history and ...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    Duart Castle looks very dramatic perched on the headland overlooking the sound of Mull even on a rainy day. It looks bigger from the outside than what you actually see inside. If you are a MacLean I'm...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Just had a lovely salad lunch followed by choice of delicious cakes. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Recommended.  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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