Kilchurn castle was built in the mid-15th Century by Sir Colin Campbell and came to ruin during the 18th century. It’s located on a grassy mound, it’s now only protected by herd of a very jumpy and camera-shy sheep. The castle was originally surrounded by water but changes to the surrounding geography, made in more recent times means, its now accessible by foot.
The entrance to the castle was unfortunately locked closed when we arrived, as it is mainly open in summer. (Yeah should have done a bit more research) But if someone really wanted to get in, a ladder and some rope should be enough to scale the more broken down walls around the back of the castle. Urban-explorers out there, if you ever thought of transitioning in to country exploring….
—I wish I could tell you Sav Bro scaled the castle wall like a Chinese Spider-man. I cannot.—
Around the back of the castle is a secluded sandy beach. A nice place to grab a bit of lunch whilst looking out over Loch Awe. We also found an abandoned camp fire, so it is tried and tested spot for wild camping. Well before the midges arrive anyway, later in the year.
Walking round to final side there is a little jetty that gives the best views over the water. It has a small and very ineffective gate which shouldn’t give you much hassle overcoming. (Hint – roll in under the railings).
—Mt. Ben Lui in the background—
This is also a superb spot to see some of the local wildlife and the stunning Ben Lui’s ice capped peaks in the distance. If you’re looking for a serine place to appreciate nature and mediate on life this is the spot.
From here you can either come back the way you came.
Or, you could walk the sandy shore beginning at the mouth of the River Orchy back to the bridge and join the main path from there. It can get quiet boggy in places, so be warned.