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Kilchurn castle

Kilchurn Castle sits on the banks of Loch Awe in the southeastern part of the Scottish Highlands. It was built in the fourteenth century and abandoned after a fire caused by lightning in the eighteenth century. Currently owned by Historic Scotland, a public body of the Scottish Government, though the castle is in ruins it is one of the most beautiful ones that we saw (and there were many) mainly due to the beautiful location on the shores of Loch Awe and Ben Cruachan. To see the castle one has to wonder far from the road and across the meadow that though fenced, there is a ladder to make access easier. The only way to actually get to the castle is by boat but it can only be visited during the summer.
Arturo Mencía
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The scottish castles: kilchurn castle

If I say to Scotland, what comes to mind? Surely between images and words that jump to mind, do not miss the castles! The Scottish castles are many and varied, some well preserved, others less so. The trip to Scotland that we have done it in 2009 we have seen a lot. Definitely one of the most impressive because of its location (located between two Loch) is Kilchurn Castle: only ruins remain but the visit is worth a lot, especially for the wonderful view of Loch Awe (in the middle of which stands the castle) , which can be enjoyed from the castle tower, fortunately remained standing. It can be reached by a narrow dirt road, which is located after a curve on the highway. The indication is there, but as it is behind one corner, there is a risk not to notice it, and skip the entrance to the road, which would be a real shame! Moreover, not all the guides point out the castle and the way to achieve (for example, I had with me the Mondadori not indicated and the Rough Guide, which for luck gave precise directions). For this reason, we have met a few other travelers and tourists, and so my husband and I found ourselves for a good half hour just insoles to make the prince and princess of the castle, surrounded only by the Loch and sheep grazing around ... a real show! Latest information useful to visit the ruins of the castle you do not pay your tickets!

I castelli scozzesi: kilchurn castle

Se vi dico Scozia, cosa vi viene in mente? Sicuramente tra le immagini e le parole che vi saltano alla mente, non mancheranno i castelli! I castelli scozzesi sono numerosi e diversi, alcuni ben conservati, altri meno. Nel viaggio in Scozia che abbiam fatto nel 2009 ne abbiam visti tanti. Sicuramente uno dei più suggestivi per la sua posizione (si trova in mezzo a due Loch) è Kilchurn Castle: non restano che rovine ma la visita merita molto, soprattutto per la splendida vista del Loch Awe (in mezzo al quale si trova il castello), che si può godere dalla torre del Castello, rimasta fortunatamente in piedi. Lo si raggiunge da una stretta strada sterrata, che si trova dopo una curva sulla strada principale. L'indicazione c'è, ma poichè è dietro 1 curva, c'è il rischio di non notarla, e saltare l'ingresso della stradina, il che sarebbe un vero peccato! Inoltre, non tutte le guide segnalano il castello e il modo per raggiungerlo (ad esempio io avevo con me la Mondadori che non lo indicava e la Rough Guide, che invece per fortuna dava indicazioni precise). Proprio per questo motivo, abbiam incontrato pochi altri viaggiatori e turisti, e così io e mio marito ci siamo ritrovati per una mezz'ora abbondante soli soletti a fare il principe e la principessa del Castello, attorniati solo dai Loch e dalle pecore che pascolavano intorno...un vero e proprio spettacolo! Ultima informazione utile: per visitare le rovine del castello non si paga nessun biglietto!
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To support and complement the previou...

To support and complement the previous comments, I add some pictures of the interior of the castle. Sir Colin Campbell (Earl of Glenorchy) ordered the construction of this castle in the middle of the fifteenth century in a spectacular setting, Loch Awe, near Inveraray and Glen or foot of a valley, so the castle access was very limited. The best ones are found from the opposite bank of the castle, as the water, the sky and the background seem to agree on promoting the photographs, the simple wind and water changes so our final image, difficult to find two identical images even in the same session. A warning would be in access, if it is true that there are some boards and stones to help the traveler to reach the shore, but outside aid, very careful, we are talking about deep swamps (quicksand style but clay version) and dont really invisible are dangerous. I've seen a muddy eastern tourist to the navel in a single misstep. But as you can see, a place so remote as nice.

Para ayudar y completar los comentarios anteriores, añado unas imagenes del interior del castillo.

Sir Colín Campbell (conde de Glenorchy) ordenó la construcción de este castillo a mediados del siglo XV en un paraje espectacular, Loch Awe, cerca de Inveraray y a los pies de un Glen o valle, por lo que el acceso de castillo estaba muy limitado.

Las mejores imagenes las encontramos desde la orilla opuesta al castillo, pues el agua, el cielo y el fondo parecen ponerse de acuerdo para propiciar las fotografías, el simple viento, cambia el agua y de tal forma nuestra imagen final, complicado encontrar dos imagenes iguales, incluso en la misma sesión.

Una advertencia sería en el acceso, si es cierto que hay unas tablas y piedras para ayudar al viajero a alcanzar la orilla, pero fuera de estas ayudas, mucho cuidado, estamos hablando de unas cienagas profundas (al estilo arenas movedizas pero versión barro) e invisibles que son realemente peligrosas. He visto a un turista oriental cubierto de barro hasta el ombligo en un solo paso en falso.

Pero como se puede apreciar, un paraje tan apartado como bonito.
Juan Quintana
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Kilchurn Castle Address
Lochawe | Dalmally PA 33, United Kingdom, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Escocia
Lochawe | Dalmally PA 33, United Kingdom, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Escocia
Kilchurn Castle Website
http://www.kilchurncastle.com/
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