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Gylen castle isle of kerrera scotland by day

Gylen Castle, on the southern part of the island of Kerrera in Argyll and Bute, juts dramatically into the sky on the tip of a promontory overlooking the Firth of Lorne.


Built in 1582 by the Clan MacDougall.[1] Gylen was only occupied for a relatively short period of 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 a restoration of the castle was completed with a £300,000 grant by Historic Scotland and £200,000 raised by worldwide members of Clan MacDougall.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Castle reopens after restoration". BBC. 12 May 2006. Retrieved 2009-04-13. "It was restored with a £300,000 Historic Scotland grant and £200,000 from clan members around the world. The Historic Scotland grant enabled a specialist architectural team to restore elements of the castle, including its oriel window and its vaulted cellar." 

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Coordinates: 56°22′47″N 5°33′24″W / 56.37967°N 5.55674°W / 56.37967; -5.55674

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