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Kildonan Castle (Arran) - Past and Present

Standing upon cliffs overlooking the Firth of Clyde, Kildonan Castle is accorded much antiquity but the present ruins would suggest a tower house of late 14th or early 15th century.

Kildonan past
Kildonan Castle circa 1900 with upper vault partly intact

Both ground floor and first floor levels were vaulted but these have now collapsed. The walls are six-feet thick at the base thinning to four-and-a-half-feet thick further up. There is no sign of an entrance or stairway – these were presumably at first floor level.

The castle is now only a shadow of its former self much having tumbled in the last century. It forms a prominent feature from the beach and from the land forms a backdrop to an attractive cottage garden.

Kildonan present
Kildonan Castle today with the Firth of Clyde in background

Article by SCA member Brian McGarrigle.

Date posted: 14 May 2016Last updated: 16 May 2016

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Comment by: kelvin seaman on Mon, 5th Dec 2016, 10:56 pmRef id: 122

I use to go and stay in cottage with family nxt to this .family holidays.been inside and outside if itband drew it .good 20 year now.ma family frim arran :)I have a drawing if stil in holiday home of lighthouse.cant mind if signed ks or kelvinseaman.the pickerins own house.long time ago need to take ma kids now.

Comment by: Brian McGarrigle on Sun, 25th Dec 2016, 7:15 amRef id: 136

Hi Kelvin Yes, the little cottage still stands separated from the castle by a wooden fence. You are correct, Arran is a lovely place. Regards Brian

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