Kilchoan, Acharacle, Scotland
Luxury 13th-century restoration on Scotland's West Coast
Sitting proud on its own rocky outcrop on Scotland’s rugged West Coast, the distinctive silhouette of Mingary Castle has looked over the Sound of Mull for centuries.
The seat of Clan MacIain for over 300 years, it’s one of Scotland’s true hidden gems. Until early 2016, the castle was all but an abandoned ruin. After three years of meticulous restoration work, you can stay and experience for yourself an elegant combination of luxury and history.
Step behind Mingary Castle's robust 13th-century walls and you will find an exquisite blend of luxurious Georgian style and ancient history.
From the four suites, each with their own unique features and style, to the grandeur of the living and dining rooms, Mingary Castle is just as stunning as the wilderness that surrounds it.
Wander through the towering walls of the main courtyard to the front door of the MacDonald Suite, a self-contained apartment in the West Range of the castle. Inside you will find a cosy, beautifully-furnished setting, completed with an exposed stone fireplace and wood burning stove that few can resist curling up in front of. The hand-carved oak staircase leads up to a first-floor bedroom with a king sized antique four-poster bed and its own en-suite with a shower over the bath.
The MacIain Suite is ideal for those looking for a feast of Georgian extravagance. Its super-king-sized antique four-poster bed is the centrepiece of the room, set amongst half-height oak panelling and hand-sewn crewel fabric.
Nestled on the second floor of the castle’s North Range, the MacDougall Suite’s hand-sewn crewel-fabric-lined walls host a beautiful four-poster double bed and range of refined antique furniture.
The most interesting feature of this suite however is the en-suite bathroom. It was once part of a secret passageway hiding a tiny chapel, lost within the castle walls for over 500 years. It now features a walk-in rainforest shower, underfloor heating and an opulent William Holland roll-top copper bath that’s perfect for unwinding in after a day spent exploring.
Climb the hand-carved staircase to the castle’s third floor and you will find the McCain suite, ideal for family and friends. Consisting of two rooms, both with king-size oak four-poster beds, you can take in the stunning views out over the Sound of Mull towards Tobermory either from behind the sash windows or out on your own private terrace.
Lined with Italian marble, the family bathroom features a freestanding shower enclosure and bath for two, with windows that make for the perfect stargazing spot.
Mingary Castle is a unique and beautiful location to hold any event, from a small family gathering to a larger wedding celebration, corporate business gatherings, such as conferences, or a team-building weekend.
There are four suites, accommodating up to ten guests, with additional beds available for children.
Accommodation for larger gatherings can be arranged in nearby holiday cottages.
Together, Colin Nicholson and partner Jessica Thompson bring a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry both front and back of house. They share a huge passion for hospitality and are delighted to be welcoming guests to Mingary Castle. They wish to create a warm and friendly environment for their team and guests.
3 AA Rosette Chef, Colin Nicholson, strives to showcase the best the West Coast of Scotland has to offer, using sustainable and seasonal produce, sourced locally where possible.
The daily-changing six-course tasting menu features carefully-selected ingredients, while using the finest techniques, to bring you a culinary dining experience to remember.
The experienced front-of-house team is led by Jessica Thompson, whose knowledge and passion will add a professional touch to your dining experience.
A carefully-selected wine list and friendly service complete a delightful evening in the vibrant restaurant.
Mingary Castle was built around the late 13th century in a strategic location by the water to serve the interests of the Lords of the Isles, against the wishes of the Crown.
Feuding was common and the Crown found the area difficult to control. Things changed following the assassination of Angus, Lord of the Isles, in 1490. His successor, John MacIan, Chief of the MacIans, favoured the Crown, and King James IV himself visited the castle in 1493.
After the death of King James IV, feuding again erupted across the region. Mingary Castle was besieged in 1515 and again in 1517. It was eventually recovered by Maclan, but a further battle saw him and his two sons lose their lives.
In the early 17th century, the Maclans clashed with the Campbells. The Campbells ultimately won and most of the MacIans were hunted down. Sir Donald Campbell took control of Mingary in 1628.
In the years that followed, Mingary Castle slowly decayed to a ruin, until a three-year refurbishment, which was completed in 2016.
Crumbling stonework, long collapsed roofs and floors buried deep in undergrowth are no more. Today the building is full of new life and old-charm oak panelling, four-poster beds, Caithness stone flooring, a hand-carved staircase, lavish furnishings and tastefully integrated conveniences fill its halls. Read more about this amazing transformation story.
In its 700-plus years, Mingary Castle has seen sieges, royalty, assassinations and many a power struggle. After a stay here, we are sure you will return home with a few stories of your own!
The Ardnamurchan area that surrounds Mingary Castle is known for being wild and remote, yet beautiful and unspoilt.
There are moors, mountains, lochs and beaches, a particular highlight being the renowned Sanna Bay.
If you are lucky, you will see iconic wildlife such as golden eagles, white-tailed eagles, otters, hen harriers, red deer, whales, dolphins and many more.
Explore on land or water, alone, or as part of the many local tours.
MacIain Suite from £420
McCain Suite from £600
MacDougall Suite from £360
MacDonald Suite from £540
Guide prices are per room per night, based on 2 people sharing, and include breakfast.
Exclusive-use accommodation is priced based on your requirements; please contact us.
Mingary Castle is the most westerly castle in mainland Britain and is located approximately 2 hours' drive from Fort William.
The road from Fort William passes through Glenfinnan, where you can visit a monument raised to mark the place where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard at the beginning of the 1745 Jacobite Rising. You will also see the impressive railway viaduct made famous by the Harry Potter films!