Venture behind Mingary’s robust 13th-century curtain wall and you will find an exquisite blend of luxurious Georgian style and ancient history. A long abandoned, yet an enduring feature of Ardnamurchan’s wild southern coast, the Castle finished its three-year refurbishment in 2016 and saw the drawbridge being lowered for the first time in 150 years.
The crumbling stonework, long collapsed roofs, and floors buried deep in the undergrowth are no longer. Today the building is full of new life and old charm oak panelling, four poster beds, Caithness stone flooring, a hand-carved staircase, lavish furnishings, and tastefully integrated conveniences fill its halls.
From the range of suites, each with its own unique features and style, to the grandness of the living and dining rooms, Mingary Castle is just as stunning as the wilderness that surrounds it. A trip beyond the Castle walls (or even taking in the panoramic views from the battlement walkways) will reveal some of the finest scenery in Scotland. The mountains, moorland, and waters are teaming with rare and beautiful flora and fauna. The south-facing sea gate will take you down to the volcanic rock promontory and even closer to the waves.
For more on the three-year restoration that has seen Mingary Castle revitalised into its current glory visit the Mingary Castle Restoration Trust website. If you have already read a bit about Mingary Castle’s history, you will know it was not always such an oasis of peace. In its 700-plus years, it has seen Vikings, sieges, royalty, assassinations, and many a power struggle. After a stay here, we are sure you will return home with a few stories of your own.
If you’re intrigued to learn more, please visit Mingary Castle & Clan MacIain – Heritage Ardnamurchan. For more information of the estate surrounding Mingary Castle, visit Ardnamurchan Estate – Scotland.