In spring 2016 Mingary Castle lowered its drawbridge for the first time in 150 years.

First floor sitting room

The MacIain four-poster room

Panoramic views

Having crossed the drawbridge you enter the courtyard via a stone entrance way; turning the corner you are suddenly surrounded by the tall white walls of the three ranges. Entering the north range by the main door, you are greeted by the warm oak panelling and Caithness stone flooring that runs throughout the entire ground floor. Climbing to the first floor, you will find the large cosy sitting room, with hot refreshments and cake to welcome you after your journey.

Heading to the bedrooms on the second floor, you find the MacIain room, the largest bedroom in the north range. It has two windows looking out to the courtyard, plus an en-suite marble bathroom with a copper bath and its very own dressing room.

Across the hallway the MacDougall bedroom, with half-height panelling and crewel fabric-lined walls, is an intimate space. A small doorway cuts through the castle wall and leads to the most spectacular bathroom which has been created within the intramural passage way; nicknamed 'The Chapel' bathroom it has been said there is an old altar at the end of the room where the walk-in shower now resides.

The top floor, occupied by the McCain Suite, is flooded with daylight, with views over the castle curtain wall to the sound of Mull and beyond. The two bedrooms with their hand crafted four-poster beds, have direct access to the battlement walkways and share a family bathroom, with marble walls and views to the stars.

The west range contains the MacDonald Suite. Enter into a private sitting room with wood burning stove and kitchenette. At the top of the beautifully hand-carved staircase is the large bedroom with antique four-poster bed and en-suite.

Outside in the courtyard is a set of stairs giving access to the lower battlement walkways with panoramic views of the coast. Heading out of castle via the south-facing sea gate will take you down to the volcanic rock promontory and closer to the waves.

Thanks for your kindness and hospitality. Congrats to the whole team.

Victoria & John, Fort Worth, TX