newspast & presentkildonan 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.
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.
Article by SCA member Brian McGarrigle.
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