Duntrune Castle

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Duntrune Castle
Duntrune Castle from the east
Coordinates56°06′07″N 5°32′57″W / 56.10196°N 5.549273°W / 56.10196; -5.549273Coordinates: 56°06′07″N 5°32′57″W / 56.10196°N 5.549273°W / 56.10196; -5.549273
Listed Building – Category B
Designated20 July 1971
Reference no.LB11496
Duntrune Castle is located in Argyll and Bute
Duntrune Castle
Location within Argyll and Bute

Duntrune Castle is located on the north side of Loch Crinan and across from the village of Crinan in Argyll, Scotland. It is thought to be the oldest continuously occupied castle on mainland Scotland.[1] The castle is a category B listed building.[2]


It was originally built by the MacDougall clan in the 13th century, along with several other castles in the area, including the MacDougall stronghold of Dunollie Castle near Oban. Duntrune Castle was eventually taken by the Clan Campbell. In the 17th century the castle was besieged by the rival MacDonalds, under Alasdair Mac Colla.[3] The Campbells sold Duntrune in 1792, to the Malcolms of Poltalloch. The castle is now owned by Robin Neill Malcolm, current clan chief of the Clan Malcolm.[4]

The curtain wall of the castle dates from the 13th century, although the tower house which forms the main part of the castle is of the 17th century.[3] The castle was renovated in 1954.[2]

Popular culture[edit]

The gateposts of Skyfall lodge, James Bond's childhood home in the film of the same name, were modelled after those at Duntrune.[5]

A photograph of Duntrune Castle is part of the original album inner sleeve art of the Blue Öyster Cult album Imaginos.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Duntrune Castle :: Historic Houses Association". Hha.org.uk. Retrieved 6 August 2013.
  2. ^ a b Historic Environment Scotland. "DUNTRUNE CASTLE BY LOCH CRINAN (Category B Listed Building) (LB11496)". Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b Historic Environment Scotland. "Duntrune Castle (39147)". Canmore. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Duntrune Castle". Clan MacCallum - Malcolm Society of North America. Archived from the original on 5 June 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2010.
  5. ^ "Chris Rogers writer architecture visual culture".

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