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“Not for small children”
Review of Carnasserie Castle

Carnasserie Castle
Ranked #4 of 12 things to do in Kilmartin
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

Fascinating example of our heritage. Well restored and accessible after a steepish walk; enjoyable if you have a good head for heights ....and not a nervous disposition.

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Reviewed May 20, 2013

As you turn into the head of Kilmartin Glen there, on the hillside, sits the astonishing Carnasserie Castle. It's a bit of a hike from the car park and then another climb up the tower but it is worth it. The castle itself is 16th century and although there may be signs of an earlier castle on the site and certainly there is an ancient circle in the the whole thing was built from scratch and remains the first and most important renaissance castle in Scotland. It has been sympathetically restored and it is easy to see how it all fits together but it's the views to go for, the views of the strangest and most fascinating places in Scotland where the Kingdom of the Scots was founded about 2,000 years before this castle was built.

Thank Panbrae
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

This is an interesting castle. Look up the story before you go online as there is little information onsite. Built in the 1570s and destroyed in 1685 it was really a country house designed to look like a castle. It has an interesting domestic layout and lots of spiral steps to get up to the top - you have been warned. The car park is at the foot of the hill and it is about a 5 minute walk to the castle uphill so not ideal for the mobility impaired or very unfit.

Thank BridgetIna
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

Intesresting 16th century building but with rather limited information on its history. Access to the 5th storey up a very narrow spiral staircase made the ruin unusual,

There is good free parking and the castle can be made the start point to the ancient cup and ring site at Ormaig about an hour's walk away.

Thank Neil C
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

This decrepit relic of a castle was, to us, more enjoyable than Inveraray Castle. It is definitely worth the short walk up the hill to explore it.
We found that the castle had just enough information (posted on signs throughout) to give the place some context, without taking away from the overall magic of the place.
Overall this was (believe it or not) one of our most memorable activities in Scotland.

Thank Bucketlistgal
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