Duart Castle (Caisteal Dhubhairt)
A formidable building that stands on a high rock buttress overlooking and dominating the Sound of Mull and is he seat of the Clan McLean. Duart dates back to the 13th Century and is unique in its history and position. It is certainly an iconic Scottish castle and unique to Mull.
When you visit Mull by Calmac Ferry, the Castle looks down upon the ferry route to Craignure and it is easy to see why such a fortification was placed there.
Duart is easily reached from the A849 that runs southeast from Salen, through Craignure (ferry terminal) and right on down to Fionnphort on the Ross of Mull peninsula.
For day visitors, a coach awaits the ferry to pick up passengers and will return to Craignure for you voyage back to Oban. The castle is within walking distance of Craignure but you would need to allow plenty of time to get there look around and then walk back for your ferry.
Please note that although you can still visit the Duart headland, the Castle is closed between October and March each year.
By car, turn left from the ferry at Craignure or, if coming from the north and west of Mull via Salen, carry on through Craignure for approximately 1.5 miles where you will see a large sign for Duart on your left.
The road to Duart Point is a fairly basic narrow single-track road which improves somewhat as you go through the gates onto the Duart Estate. Bear in mind that coaches use this road frequently.
There is a wealth of historical information available about Duart Castle and guided tours are always available in the main holiday season. There is a great tea room next to the Castle that is always open in season.
Apart from its historical significance, the habitat that surrounds the Castle has a wealth of wildflower species that also attracts large numbers of insects, including the rare Marsh Fritillary.
Looking west from the ramparts of the Castle you will also see Torosay Castle behind the tree line on the opposite shore. Now privately owned, Torosay is no longer open to the public with the exception of the gardens, which are occasionally opened to the public.
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