So I might be able to step ashore if circumstance are favourable. By comparing these with contemporary carvings from Norway, Miss Campbell and other historians have speculated that these images may indeed depict Alexander’s fleet in the waters off Luing. 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As such, Castle Tioram is the traditional seat of the Clanranald (Clann Raghnaill) branch of Clan Donald. The Crichtons sold Sanquhar to Sir William Douglas, 1st Duke of Queensberry in the 17th century, but he let it fall to ruin after building Drumlanrig Castle a mere ten miles away. Carved into the outside walls of the little chapel of Kilchattan on Luing, on both the north and the south side, are some shapes and symbols that appear to represent a fleet of ships very similar in shape and construction to those that appeared in the summer of 1249. [8] The castle certainly served as the seat of the latter's Clann Raghnaill descendants for centuries.[9]. One has a gangplank lowered, and another is thought to bear a figurehead of a wolf or a dog. The gaunt ruins of Castle Tioram stand on the tidal island of Eilean Tioram near the point at which the River Shiel flows into Loch Moidart. Realising what was afoot, the Campbells cut the piper’s fingers off, and he bled to death. Since then, he has haunted Duntrune, causing poltergeist phenomenon and playing his pipes from the tower. Many thanks…. It’s barely recognisable now as a man-made structure, but apparently a castle stood here in medieval times; and it may well have been the place where a Scottish king spent the last night of his life. Highland clans each owned a region of land and wore a customised tartan and clan crest to identify themselves from other clans. The fine weather has turned now, and the islands are receding into a soft grey drizzle. Twelve miles from Hawick, ruined Hermitage dates back to the 13th century, believed to have been built by the Soulis family. And on the sea bed! Pipers held a privileged position in Highland society, and were guaranteed hospitality. Built in the 13th century by Clan Mackenzie and Clan Macrae to defend the coast against the Vikings, the castle was also a hideout for Robert the Bruce. Despite being suitably clothed (Scottish folklore doesn’t follow logic at times), she headed to Newton Castle, where she was due to marry Lord Ronald, who wasn’t the man she loved. Just wish I had been aware of the stone markings in the Chapel. Crookston is owned by Historic Scotland and open to the public. Enjoyed that read (as always). A great post, many thanks. 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But Marion Campbell believes that the meeting never took place: Eóghan may have received advance warning of the King’s approach, but he had also learned of trouble in the Isle of Man, and had departed swiftly to deal with it. Castle Tioram (pronounced “Cheerum” in Gaelic) dates back to the 14 th century and was the traditional seat of my ancestor’s clan, the Macdonalds of Clanranald. We shall never know for sure, because when the fleet reached Oban Bay, disaster struck. Hi Jo. Strange things have been reported by others in the castle. According to Canmore, Kilchattan chapel (‘the church of St Cattán or Cathan’) is ‘probably 12th century’, so it would have been standing by 1249. Her two male companions were hanged while she was tied by her hair at low water, and left to drown. Barnard Castle, a spectacle of strange hauntings. After her wedding day, she woke to find her husband missing, and believed he had abandoned her. One day, the locals had enough. Meanwhile, Ciotach and his men grew impatient and made plans to move in on the castle. Sanquhar is haunted by two ghosts. Is the Avebury Red Lion Pub, the Most Haunted Pub Ever? He mustered a fleet of ships and set out on a mission to bring them to heel. Eóghan’s father, Duncan, founded Ardchattan Priory on Loch Etive. So true, our coasts in particular have seen so many ‘comings and goings’. They stormed the castle, capturing Soulis, who was then clad in iron chains, wrapped in a lead blanket and boiled alive in his cauldron. She found it quite a creepy place. Hope I can manage back to the old church graveyard by Toberonochy for a wander and a closer look. Sitting with her eyes closed, Jean felt as if the wind was pulling at her clothes and heard tinkling laughter. He took her hand, which was icy cold. The bride’s ghost seeks out newly married men who stay at the castle. He was ambitious and strong-minded, brutally suppressing rebellions in Caithness and Galloway and forging the Treaty of York with Henry III of England, an agreement which defined the English-Scottish boundary in a line running from the Solway Firth to the Tweed. OS map (6″, 1st ed., 1880 Argyll) showing Torsa (‘Torsay’) and part of Luing, with the castle marked as ‘fort’ close to the top edge. Also, were the walls of these old chapels not originally whitewashed or ‘harled’? You have entered an incorrect email address! Proposals to restore the castle by the new owners, Anta Estates, were announced in 1997 and received planning consent from Highland Council. This stone (below) is incorporated in the north wall (above). For any of your readers really interested I mentioned Denis Rixon’s definitive book ‘The West Highland Galley’ a fascinating history of these remarkable craft. During the 1970s, Sundrum Castle functioned as a hotel, and my Gran worked as one of the housekeeping staff. First thing i’d buy if I went to live in Argyll would be a good metal detector and I’d be out on those hills every day. A friend on Luing says you’d need a boat/dinghy to get to Torsa. I live by the sea in Argyll, Scotland, and I write about the landscape, its wildlife and wonderful history. This is just south of Torsa and would have offered a great view of the Sound of Shuna. As to the ghosts that haunt the castle, they include that of a young bride who committed suicide at some point in the 19th century. First time there I’d ever seen live pine martens which he fed on his handrail every night. Braemar also boasts a ghostly piper, and the Black Colonel’s shade has been seen flitting about.The castle is now open to the public, leased out by the Farquharsons to the local community. I often wonder what sights this part of the coast has seen over the centuries. [3], Castle Tioram was one of Somerled's castles in his time (the twelfth century),[4] though some may date it from the thirteenth or fourteenth century. Castle Tioram was one of Somerled's castles in his time (the twelfth century), though some may date it from the thirteenth or fourteenth century. It has been uninhabited since the 1715 rebellion. More detailed drawings can be found in Marion Campbell’s article in The Kist. Jean shrieked and died on the spot. It is haunted by a Grey Lady and a ghostly dog with glowing eyes. The second ghost is thought to be Marion Dalpeddar, presumed another victim of the vicious Robert Crichton. With binoculars, you can make out a rocky knoll at the north-east tip of it, partly covered in vegetation. Crichton had Wilson locked up on trumped up charges, and subsequently hanged him when Sir Thomas Kirkpatrick protested. Jean was buried at Knockie Hill, rather than the churchyard as she died under enchantment. It appears to have originally been a … As I caught him on film showing us it, he said, ‘And if there are any English folk watching this, the answer is, no, you’re not getting your ball back’. The witch had failed to tell Jean that the Witchin Claith couldn’t be worn without impunity. Perhaps let us know if you’re up and we might be able to help (might even join you, haha!). It is one of the oldest continuously occupied castles in Scotland.