Dunyvaig Castle is situated on the east side of Lagavulin Bay, near Lagavulin Distillery which is located not far from Port Ellen on east coast of the
Isle of Islay.
The ruins that can be seen today date from the castle which was probably built in the 16th century. Care should be taken when visiting.
Once a stonghold and naval base of the MacDonald Lords of the Isles, the castle had a turbulent history - belonging at various times to the MacIans of Ardnamurchan, MacDonalds and Campbells.
The great sea gate
My thanks go to George McConnell of Charlotte, North Carolina, for the photos he kindly sent me.
Dunyvaig castle photos Copyright 1996 George R. McConnell, Charlotte, NC, USA.
Archway to inner courtyard
Since these photos were taken, emergency repairs were carried out in 1998 by the castle's owners (United Distillers) with a grant from Historic Environment Scotland.
For additional photos and information, visit the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland