Skipness Castle, Skipness

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Skipness Castle stands on the east side of the Kintyre Peninsula in Scotland, near the village of Skipness.HistoryThe main structure of the castle was built in the early 13th century by the Clan MacSween, with later fortifications and other additions made to the castle through the 13th, 14th and 16th centuries.The castle was garrisoned with royal troops in 1494, during King James IV of Scotland's suppression of the Isles. Archibald Campbell, 2nd Earl of Argyll, granted Skipness to his younger son, Archibald Campbell, in 1511.During the Wars of the Three Kingdoms in 1646, the castle was besieged by forces under the command of Alasdair Mac Colla. During the siege, Alasdair's brother, Gilleasbuig Mac Colla, was killed in August 1646. The castle was abandoned in the 17th century.Castle ghostThe Green Lady of Skipness Castle is said to haunt the location.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Be sure to go into the tower house... from there one has views of the Islands... and after best seafood in the cabin next door feast!
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  • August 17, 2017
    Had a great few hour here during our visit. Castle was great for the kids to run around and the view from the roof is spectacular.....topped off by a lovely lunch at the Seafood cabin  more »
  • July 27, 2017
    A great view back over to Arran from up high on the top of the castle - a nice little walk round after lunch at the fish cabin  more »

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