Carrick Castle

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Carrick Castle
Carrick Castle, Argyll, Scotland.JPG
Carrick Castle, 1980
Carrick Castle is located in Argyll and Bute
Carrick Castle
General information
Type Tower House
Location Cowal Peninsula, Argyll and Bute.
Town or city Carrick Castle (village)
Country Scotland, United Kingdom
Coordinates 56°06′31″N 4°54′20″W / 56.108742°N 4.9054980°W / 56.108742; -4.9054980, National grid reference NS 19422 94469
Construction started 12th Century
Client Clan Lamont
Height 64ft
Technical details
Material Stone
Floor count 2

Carrick Castle is a 15th-century tower house on the west shore of Loch Goil on the Cowal peninsula in Argyll and Bute, Scotland.[1] It is located between Cuilmuich and Carrick, 4 miles (6.4 km) south of Lochgoilhead.

The castle stands on a rocky peninsula, and was formerly defended to landward by a ditch and drawbridge. The building is around 66 by 38 feet (20 by 12 m), and up to 64 feet (20 m) high with walls seven feet thick.[2]. It consists of two floors above the central great hall and stands 64 feet high. There is a curiosity – a small chimney is built into a window recess. There is an appendage of a smaller 17th Century structure to the original rectangular tower house. The structure has been designated a scheduled monument and a Category A listed building by Historic Environment Scotland. [3] [4]

Modern-day houses in the surrounding area take the name Carrick Castle.


Carrick Castle, ca. 1890 - 1900.

The present ruin is possibly the third occupant of this location. The first may have been a Viking fort.[2] The second structure, and first castle, is believed to have been built in the 12th century. Allegedly a hunting seat of the Scots kings, Carrick was originally a Lamont stronghold.

In the spring of 1307, Robert the Bruce drove Henry Percy from the Castle before conducting a guerrilla war against Edward I of England. Edward had given the castle, which belonged to Robert, to Percy. In 1368 it then passed on to the Campbell Earls of Argyll.

The third structure, the late 15th-century castle, was a royal stronghold, held by the Earls of Argyll as hereditary keepers, and was the symbol and source of their power in South Argyll.[2] It was one of their three chief castles, the other two being Duart and Fincharn.

Mary, Queen of Scots, visited here in 1563.

In 1685, during the rebellion of Archibald Campbell, 9th Earl of Argyll, against King James VII, HMS Kingfisher bombarded the castle, badly damaging the keep, which lost its roof.

The castle was intermittently occupied until it was sold to the Murrays, the Earls of Dunmore.

The keep was a ruin for many years but is now in private ownership and undergoing restoration


Carrick Castle
Carrick Castle 
Pier at Carrick Castle - - 1303898 


  1. ^ "Carrick Castle". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 2008-11-21. 
  2. ^ a b c Groome, F.H. (1882–1885). "Carrick". Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland. Thomas C. Jack. Retrieved 2008-11-21. 
  3. ^ "Carrick CastleSM2495". Historic Environment Scotland. Retrieved 3 September 2017. 
  4. ^ "CARRICK CASTLELB11815". Historic Environment Scotland. Retrieved 3 September 2017. 


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