Gylen Castle

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Gylen Castle
Gylen Castle Kerrera.jpg
LocationKerrera, Scotland
Coordinates56°22′47″N 5°33′24″W / 56.37967°N 5.55674°W / 56.37967; -5.55674Coordinates: 56°22′47″N 5°33′24″W / 56.37967°N 5.55674°W / 56.37967; -5.55674
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Gylen Castle is located in Argyll and Bute
Gylen Castle
Location within Argyll and Bute

Gylen Castle is a ruined castle, or tower house, at the south end of the island of Kerrera in Argyll and Bute, Scotland, on a promontory overlooking the Firth of Lorne. It was made a scheduled monument in 1931.[1]


Gylen Castle in 2006

Built in 1582 by the Clan MacDougall.[2] Gylen was only occupied for a relatively short time. The castle was besieged then burned by the Covenanters under General Leslie in 1647 during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms.

In May 2006 extensive conservation of the castle was completed with a £300,000 grant by Historic Scotland and £200,000 raised by worldwide members of Clan MacDougall.[2]


Gylen Castle from the landward side
  1. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "Gylen Castle, castle and associated settlement, Kerrera (SM294)". Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Castle reopens after restoration". BBC. 12 May 2006. Retrieved 2009-04-13. It was conserved with a £300,000 Historic Scotland grant and £200,000 from almost all clan members around the world. The Historic Scotland grant enabled a specialist architectural team to conserve elements of the castle, including its oriel window and its vaulted cellar.

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