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Castles and Scotland; two words which often appear together in a sentence. This one was close to where we stayed in Port Appin but despite three days in the area it proved difficult to photograph. Rain and wind seemed to descend each time I ventured near. This shot was hastily taken in a small dry weather window.

Just north of Port Appin, Castle Stalker, a four-storey tower house or keep, is set on a tidal islet on Loch Laich, an inlet off Loch Linnhe.
The castle has a long and turbulent history. Originally built by the MacDougalls in the early 14th century when they were Lords of Lorn.
In 1388 the Stewarts became the Lords of Lorn and were granted the land which included the castle. Around about 1446 Sir John Stewart built the castle much as it is in its present form.
For the next 200 years, amid much drama, murders revenge murders, illegitimate children and mysteries the castle remained a Stewart stronghold.
For more on the history of the castle see http://www.castlestalker.com/wp/about

In recent times the castle was brought to fame by the Monty Python team, appearing in their film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It also appeared in the film Highlander: Endgame.

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