Lucy’s Scottish Castle Tour. Part 3: Barcaldine Castle

So to the ferry we head for our journey back to the mainland.  Can this trip get any better?

Driving off the ferry, the sat-nav system goes back on and so we head off to find Barcaldine Castle.  The castle is ideally situated for a stay either before or after a visit to the Isle of Mull as it is less than 20 minutes drive from Oban ferry terminal. The drive takes us over the Connel Bridge that spans across the narrowest part of the loch, at the Falls of Lora.

With the castle in out sights we notice that it is a pale pink colour, this is just perfect for us as Jasmine has been asking to stay at a pink castle since we set off!  We shout excitedly to Jasmine “look Jasmine we are at the pink castle!”  Jasmine is delighted and can’t wait to get out to explore.  The castle may be a pink colour but Barcaldine is actually referred to as the black castle.

As we park up by the castle we get out and take a look around the back for the entrance, quite a common error so Liz and Ronnie tell me!  The door is a large brown door with a large doorknocker.  There is a doorbell to ring, and then like magic Liz appears to greet us.  As soon as we stepped in through the door and saw the spiral staircase winding up through the castle we knew that this was something special.  We enjoyed a hot drink and a tablet in the lounge whilst Jasmine made herself right at home!

Barcaldine is a 17th century tower house, which was built by Sir Duncan Campbell, of Glenorchy, between 1601 and 1609.  The property is full of history, as is clear from the bottle dungeon, which can be seen through the grid on the ground floor.

The property keeps its period charm and there is no denying you are in a castle from such clues as the spiral staircase to the bars on the windows. The rooms however are modern and comfortable and have all of the present day amenities. Our room for the night was the Barcaldine Room, a Superior Double Room with a view over the forest and a spacious bathroom.

Barcaldine has only 5 rooms, so early booking is advisable as they get booked up quickly, especially in the summer months.  They have made the most of the features, from the quirky turrets, to the fireplaces and there is even a secret staircase!

The garden of the castle leads through into another garden area at the back where you can see the loch and also some cows in the field next door, which Jasmine found most entertaining!   The castle is located in a really peaceful area and has that feeling of just getting away from it all.   We explored the garden area before heading out for dinner.

Barcaldine offer a supper at certain times of year but not in the summer months.  Ronnie was happy to suggest some restaurants and even make bookings for us.  We headed out to dinner opting for a restaurant located near to the Connel Bridge.

Back at the castle we relaxed in the lounge for the evening chatting to fellow guests.  The lounge area has an open fire, and you can take your own bottle of wine to enjoy if you wish.  The castle has a very homely feel to it and you are free to come and go as you please.  If you like to make the most of your own room, there is a selection of DVDs that can be borrowed from the castle to watch in your room.  Both the rooms and the lounge are so cosy you might not want to leave.

After a great nights sleep, we head down to breakfast.  The dining room again is in keeping with the rest of the castle.  A table has been set for us with a highchair for Jasmine, such a thoughtful touch.   The cooked breakfasts are made to order, I opted for pancakes with bacon, which was delicious.  There was also a selection of juices, fruit and cereals available.

After breakfast I take another wander around the castle, and take a run around in the gardens with Jasmine.  She loves the wide open spaces and fresh air.

Five minutes from the castle is a beach, the sun was shining and it was a perfect day for a stroll so we take a walk on the long the beach and Jasmine paddled in the water.

We head back to the castle to say our goodbyes to Liz and Ronnie, such a lovely couple who do a fantastic job of running the property.  I had spoken to Liz and Ronnie phone often so it was wonderful to finally meet them.  You go as guests and leave as friends.

I can’t speak highly enough about Barcaldine, the castle is everything I imagined and more.  From the fresh, clean and modern rooms, to the history and stories of the castle it really is a fantastic property.
So with our bags in the car we are ready to go again, we really don’t want to leave Barcaldine; it is firmly on my list of places to return to.

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