Castle Sween, Argyll

castle sween
This is in Argyll if you find yourself in that direction on any tours of Scotland.

 

It is dramatically situated on the rocky West coast of Knapdale.

 

Castle Sween is interesting as it is of high architectural importance.

The castle appears to be the earliest stone castle in Scotland. Before this castles were wooden structures.

It dates from the 12th Century.

 

The main structure of the castle is Norman in aspect , with large pilaster and angle buttresses.

There is a great oblong tower house with pointed loopholes , and a cylindrical angle tower. These appear to be later additions.

 

The castle was destroyed as a habitation in 1647 by Sir Alexander MacDonald.

 

But its proportions and structure remain.

 

At Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours we enjoy these interesting castles as much as our clients.