Category Archives: Castles

Castle Stalker: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Castle Stalker.

  • Castle Stalker is located on a tidal island on Loch Laich, north-east of Port Appin, Argyll, Scotland.
  • The castle is a keep with 4 floors.
  • The islet upon which the castle sits is known as the Rock of the Cormorants.
  • The castle can only be reached by boat.
  • In the 14th century a small fort stood where Castle Stalker stands today. It was built by Clan MacDougall.
  • In the mid-15th centurty, the Stewarts constructed the castle as it looks today.
  • During the Jacobite Rising in 1745 Castle Stalker was used as a troop garrison.

Stalker Castle

  • The castle was abandoned in around 1840, ownership having passed backwards and forwards between the Stewart clan and the Campbell clan.
  • In 1908 basic reconstruction work was carried out by Charles Stewart. In 1965 Lt. Col. D.R. Stewart Allward fully restored the building.
  • Castle Stalker has appeared in several films, including, Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Highlander: Endgame.
  • James IV of Scotland often visited Castle Stalker when he was on hunting trips to Argyll.
  • In Gaelic, Stalker means ‘hunter’ or ‘falconer’.
  • The castle is currently privately owned. The public can tour the building between the months of March and October. Check out the official website.

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Kensington Palace: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Kensington Palace. Kensington Palace is a Royal residence in Kensington Gardens in London, England. It has been owned by the Royal Family since the 17th century. The palace was built in 1605 by Sir George Coppin. In 1619 the building was purchased by the first Earl of Nottingham and called Nottingham… Continue Reading

Blenheim Palace: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Blenheim Palace. Blenheim Palace is a massive English country house in Woodstock, Oxfordshire. It is one of the largest houses in England and was built in the early 18th century. It was constructed to celebrate Britain’s victory over France in the War of the Spanish succession, and given as a… Continue Reading

Greenwich Palace: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Greenwich Palace. Greenwich Palace was built during the 15th century by Humphrey, the Duke of Gloucester. It was located on the south bank of the River Thames in Greenwich, about 15 km along the river from Westminster. It was conveniently located close to the royal dockyards at Deptford and Woolwich.… Continue Reading

Alnwick Castle: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Alnwick Castle. Alnwick Castle is an 11th century castle, located near the town of Alnwick in Northumberland. It is about 30 km from the border between England and Scotland, and was built to control the border. In 1309, Henry Percy, the first Baron Percy bought the castle. It has been… Continue Reading

Skipton Castle: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Skipton Castle. Skipton Castle is one of the best preserved castles anywhere in Britain. It is located in the town of Skipton, North Yorkshire, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. The castle was intended to help keep the Scottish tribes out of northern England. It was built in the… Continue Reading

Carlisle Castle: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Carlisle Castle. Carlisle Castle is located in the city of the same name, in Cumbria. The castle is close to the border between England and Scotland, and the remains of the Roman Hadrian’s Wall. The castle is the largest and best preserved of Cumbria’s several castles. It was built on… Continue Reading

Arundel Castle: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Arundel Castle. Arundel Castle is near the town of Arundel, in West Sussex. It dates from the 11th century, although large parts of it were entirely rebuilt during the 18th and 19th centuries. William the Conqueror built the castle to protect the area from a French invasion and to guard… Continue Reading

St Michael’s Mount: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about st Michael’s Mount. St Michael’s Mount is a small island located off the south coast of Cornwall. It is connected to the mainland by a man-made causeway, which can be crossed only at low tide. About 2,000 years ago, the Mount was an important centre of the tin industry. It… Continue Reading

Urquhart Castle: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Urquhart Castle. Urquhart Castle is situated on the bank of Loch Ness in the Highlands of Scotland, home of the famous Loch Ness Monster. It was built during the 13th and 16th centuries. The castle grounds and towers offer some of the best views of Loch Ness, and many supposed… Continue Reading