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Ardkinglas Castle


Ardkinglas House was built between 1906 – 1908 for Sir Andrew Noble on the site of the Medieval Ardkinglas Castle stronghold of the Campbells of Ardkinglas, destroyed in 1769.


The house has been used for many television and film sets including the location for the television series Crow Road and the film My Life So Far.

 

The original castle was built in the form of a quadrangle around an inner courtyard, there were large turrets on three of the corners and to the front a large gate tower with two defensive turrets. It was surrounded by beautiful gardens and parkland, a vast estate.


At one time their was a narrow gauge railway that ran along the shores of the loch from a boat house at Caspian.It was used as a transportation system for the estate and as a garden toy for the estates 17th Laird George Livingston-Campbell-Callander.

 

It hada single steam locomotive an open passenger carriage and several wagons before the railway was dismantled around 1900.

 

Medieval Ardkinglas was burnt down in 1769 as workmen were finishing extensive repairs.
The house which replaced the original castle was recorded as being derelict when Dorothy Wordsworth visited in 1822. Sir Andrew Noble aquired the estate in 1905 and commissioned Sir Robert Lorimer to build what is Ardkinglas House today on the site of the old medieval catle.

 

Dunderave Castle was also part of the estate at this time and was also restored by Lorimer for Sir Andrew and Margery’s eldest daughter Lilias.

 

Ardkinglas is a privately owned house and estate with wonderful gardens open to the public and house tours available by appointment.

 

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How to get there: Ardkinglas is located at the head of Loch Fyne.

 

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