Translating, poetically, from the Gaelic Stalcaire as either Hunter or Falconer, Castle Stalker commands a wonderful position on Loch Laich, an inlet of Loch Linnhe, near to Port Appin on the gorgeous Argyll coast. Clan MacDougall constructed a fort here around 1320 with Castle Stalker’s present guise being built by Lord Stewart of Lorn in the 15th century. It has had, like many of Scotland’s great castles, a turbulent history.
Castle Stalker has passed, several times, between the hands of the Stewarts and Campbell’s including, bizarrely, on one occasion after a drunken wager by the 7th Stewart Chief Duncan. It has also withstood the Stewart cannon balls during the 1745 Jacobite uprising and had a prominent role in the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Today Castle Stalker plays a major part in one of the most photographed views in Scotland, not least because of the remarkable surrounding scenery. If you are very fortunate the waters of Loch Linnhe and Loch Laich may reflect the muscular mountains of Morvern (including the rugged Creach Bheinn) dwarfing the castle, which overlooks this slice of Scotland’s dazzling western seaboard.