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Gylen Castle

Isle of Kerrera


Photo courtesy of John Fisher

Just south of the centre of Oban, you can cross over to the tiny Isle of Kerrera. At one end of this 4-mile long island stands the monument to David Hutcheson, the first man to start a regular ferry service over to the Hebrides.

At the other end is Gylen Castle, known as the castle of fountains, which was once a stronghold of the MacDougalls.
For photos see Wikipedia

In May 2006, the restoration of the castle was completed thanks to a grant by Historic Scotland and fundraising by the Clan MacDougall. It is now open to the public free of charge all year.

The island's other claim to fame is that Alexander II died in Horseshoe Bay in 1249 whilst attempting to recover the Hebrides from King Haakon IV of Norway.

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