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Castle Stalker

near Oban

Castle Stalker is located 25 miles north of Oban on the west coast of Scotland.

Built around 1540 by Duncan Stewart of Appin, this much-photographed castle was gifted by him to James IV for use as a hunting lodge. In fact, its Gaelic name Caisteal Stalcair translates literally as 'Castle of the Hunter'. It sits at the mouth of Loch Laich (by Loch Linnhe) on a rocky islet known as the Rock of the Cormorants which is also the battle cry of the Stewarts of Appin.

The castle, like so many in Scotland, has had a turbulent history. One 17th century Stewart gambled it away to a Campbell for an eight-oared galley. During the 1745 Jacobite Rising it was used as a garrison for troops.

Abandoned around 1780, it lost its roof shortly before 1831 and was restored from its ruinous state in the late 1960s by the late Lt. Col. Stewart Allward whose family still owns the castle.

Castle Stalker
Photo copyright The Internet Guide to Scotland 2006
It can be visited during the summer by appointment only. Tel: 01631 730 234. Check the official site for details of guided tours this year.

Castle Stalker View Cafe & Gift Shop is open all year except January. Located on the main A828 overlooking Loch Linnhe, it serves good food and has a nice shop. This photo was taken (on a grey December day) from the viewpoint outside the cafe.

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