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Saddell Castle

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Saddell castle
Photo reproduced by kind permission of Skip Nolan

Near to Saddell Abbey and the grave of Somerled, stands Saddell Castle. Built by Bishop David Hamilton during the period 1508-1512 using some of the stones of the ruined abbey, the castle was burnt by English raiders in 1538, but later reconstructed and enlarged. Similar to Cawdor, it has a convenient trap door placed in the main entrance passage which was activated to send unwanted visitors into a pit-prison which had no other exit.

The castle is nowadays rented out as a self-catering property from the Landmark Trust. There are 2 single bedrooms, 2 twin rooms and 1 double room.

It is complete though the barmkin is slightly ruinous according to Skip Nolan who has also seen the castle.

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