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Preserving the Past for the Future

Clan Lachlan's bid to preserve their ancestral home


Ever since its destruction in the aftermath of the 1745 Jacobite rising, Castle Lachlan has lain in ruin but steps are now under way to preserve and consolidate what is left.

Castle Lachlan 1900
Castle Lachlan circa 1900

This attractive 15th-century castle stands on the banks of Loch Fyne and is of peculiar form. From the outside it appears as a massive, if squat, tower house, but upon entering it can be seen that it consists of two tenement blocks linked by an open court.

Clan Lachlan were loyal supporters of the Stuarts and fought at Culloden where their chief fell. Retribution was swift – a government warship was sent to Loch Fyne to bombard the castle which, from then on, ceased to be the clan’s home.

Castle Lachlan today
The same view of Castle Lachlan today showing the consolidation work in progress

Castle Lachlan is a Grade A-listed building which marks it of national importance. Clan Lachlan have formed a trust to stabilise the castle with the intention of making it accessible to as many as possible in order to understand the heritage and importance of the site. You can visit their website to learn more about the castle and the Clan’s work by clicking here.

Castle Lachlan side
Castle Lachlan from the landward side with indefatigable SCA member Annick McGarrigle exploring its boundaries

Article by SCA member Brian McGarrigle.


Date posted: 25 May 2016Last updated: 25 May 2016


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