Castle Stalker, Appin, Argyll & the Isles

A wonderfully picturesque oblong tower islanded at the mouth of Loch Laich. Erected by the Stewarts of Appin at the behest of James V. By the early 17th century it was in Campbell ownership and in 1631 was reconstructed at the upper levels and reroofed. In 1686 it was in Stewart hands again but was once more lost, this time in forfeiture for Jacobite allegiance.

Roofless by 1840, it returned to the Stewarts in the 20th century and in 1965 a programme of restoration was set in train.

The castle can only be reached by boat. There is an entrance at ground floor level leading to vaulted cellars but the principal approach to the tower is against the north-east wall by a powerfully sculptural forestair which was begun in the late 17th or early 18th century and was completed during repairs undertaken in 1909. This entrance leads to the lower hall. The oblong tower rises to a third floor gabled garret with parapet walks, a cone-roofed angle round and a gabled cap-house.

The skyline sillouette is full of geometric activity, all the more architecturally effective for the contrast with the crisp rubble walls (originally harled) dropping into reflected planes in the sea below.

Visits by appointment only.

Phone: 00 44 1631 730234