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Picture of Duart Castle, Isle of Mull, Scotland by photographer Paul E Williams. Duart Castle is built of a rocky outcrop on a rocky finger of land that sticks out from the Isle of Mull into the sea. Duart Castle has been the seat of the clan McLean since the 14th century although it was probably built in the 13th century by the Clan McDougall. Duart Castle is an austere looking fortification and its architecture has few aires and graces. It was built to withstand the relentless winds of the the Scottish isles as well as repel those that had their eye on the Clan McLean treasures. Over its history the high thick walls of Duart Castle have hd to repel many attacks. In 1647 , Duart Castle was attacked and laid siege to by the Argyll government troops of Clan Campbell, but they were defeated and driven off by the Royalist troops of Clan MacLean. In September 1653 during the British Civil War, Cromwell’s navy sent six ships to take Duart Castle forcing the clan McLean to flee to Ireland. They needn’t have done so though as a gale caused Cromwells ships to be sunk just offshore from the castle. The McLean’s luck did not hold out and In 1691 Duart Castle was surrendered by Sir John Maclean, 4th Baronet to Archibald Campbell, 1st Duke of Argyll. The castle was demolished and Donald Maclean, 5th Laird of Torloisk was reduced to living in a croft built from the castles stones and by 1751 the castle was abandoned. In 1911 the ruins were bought along with the Torosay Estate by Sir Fitzroy Donald McLean, the 26th Chief of the Clan McLean who started to restore Duart Castle. The restoration work is still underway with phase 7 of the work started in 2020. Castle Duart is open to the public and throughout the Summer Months, Duart Castle plays host to a number of Weddings and Events such as Outdoor Theatre, Military Re-enactments, Music, Storytelling, Scottish Pipers and Highland Dancers. It has also been used as a film set for films such as Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta J
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Picture of Duart Castle, Isle of Mull, Scotland by photographer Paul E Williams. Duart Castle is built of a rocky outcrop on a rocky finger of land that sticks out from the Isle of Mull into the sea. Duart Castle has been the seat of the clan McLean since the 14th century although it was probably built in the 13th century by the Clan McDougall. Duart Castle is an austere looking fortification and its architecture has few aires and graces. It was built to withstand the relentless winds of the the Scottish isles as well as repel those that had their eye on the Clan McLean treasures. Over its history the high thick walls of  Duart Castle have hd to repel many attacks. In 1647 , Duart Castle was attacked and laid siege to by the Argyll government troops of Clan Campbell, but they were defeated and driven off by the Royalist troops of Clan MacLean. In September 1653 during the British Civil War, Cromwell’s navy sent six ships to take Duart Castle forcing the clan McLean to flee to Ireland. They needn’t have done so though as a gale caused Cromwells ships to be sunk just offshore from the castle. The McLean’s luck did not hold out and In 1691 Duart Castle was surrendered by Sir John Maclean, 4th Baronet to Archibald Campbell, 1st Duke of Argyll. The castle was demolished and Donald Maclean, 5th Laird of Torloisk was reduced to living in a croft built from the castles stones and by 1751 the castle was abandoned. In 1911 the ruins were bought along with the Torosay Estate by Sir Fitzroy Donald McLean, the 26th Chief of the Clan McLean who started to restore Duart Castle. The restoration work is still underway with phase 7 of the work started in 2020. Castle Duart is open to the public and throughout the Summer Months, Duart Castle plays host to a number of Weddings and Events such as Outdoor Theatre, Military Re-enactments, Music, Storytelling, Scottish Pipers and Highland Dancers. It has also been used as a film set for films such as Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta J