13th century, with late 16th and 17th century alterations
and with further early 18th century additions within
courtyard. Rubble with ashlar dressings.
Irregular 6-sided curtain wall, following outline of rocky
outcrop by shore, crenellated wallhead and wallwalk, which
underwent some alterations in late 16th century and
additions of 2 corbelled bartizans at SW and SE. Small
seaward (S) and landward (N) entrances, the latter
approached by causeway crossing defensive ditch. Various
small pointed-headed lancet windows survive from 13th
century, with paired example in north wall.
Within courtyard a 3-storey and attic, 4-bay range has been
constructed against the north wall during the 18th century,
with associated single storey range (probably kitchens)
against the west wall. Roofless 3-storey range has 2 rooms
of unequal size in each floor, divided by scale and plat
Statement of Special Interest
Commanding site overlooking the Sound of Mull.
Obscure early history, subsequently fought over by MacDonald
factions, besieged and taken by Alasdair MacDonald in 1644,
but in 1651 appears to have reverted to Campbells of Argyll.
Small force of Government troops sent to hold castle in
1745, and increased in 1746 to 59 officers and men.
Probably the 18th century blocks were constructed as
barracks to house troops. The attic storey of this block
is illustrated with dormers in drawing of 1734.