Information and Accommodation around Argyll, Scotland

On a rocky point overlooking the sound of mull near Loch Aline on the Morvern shore lies Ardornish Castle, originally the principal home of the high chiefs of the Clan Donald. This is the Place where the first Lord of the Isles, John of Isla, died and where a very impressive funeral flotilla sailed past to take his remains to the island of Iona.

Although there is not an awful lot remaining of this castle, it does command a particularly pretty spot with great views up and down the Sound of Mull, Mull itself to the south and the high Morvern cliffs on the East. For those interested in the archaeology of the ruin, it was a two story hall house but there was an abortive attempt to restore some of this at the end of the first decade of the twentieth century.

This area was given to Angus Og of Islay in 1309 by King Robert the Bruce. The area now known as Morvern was then known as Kenalbane. Angus's son John in 1354 assumed the title of Lord of the Isles and he died at Ardtornish in 1380 and was then buried on Iona

The best way to get to this castle is to go to Lochaline village and then cycle round the loch to the east shore road. There is a track from there that will take you to this excellent ruin. Alternatively you can take the car as far as possible and then walk the last mile. 

Ardtornish Castle, Morvern, Argyll

If you are visiting the area by yacht there is an excellent temporary anchorage in Ardtornish Bay, ideal for a lunch stop and a bit of exploring. To the east it is often possible to watch the waterfalls cascading off the huge basalt cliffs and then reversing direction and going back up in certain wind conditions. These falls are known locally as the Morvern Hags or Witches.

The nearest village is Lochaline


Ardtornish Castle, Morvern, Argyll, Scotland