Back to Blighty #12 – Carnasserie Castle

Following our jaunt around Kilmartin Glen, we headed a few minutes further north to get to Carnasserie Castle – a favourite play location of my boys when we lived in Lochgilphead.  Before even reaching the castle, of course, some tree climbing had to be done.






Carnasserie Castle is a ruined tower situated on a hill just north of Kilmartin village.  It was built in the 16th Century by John Carswell, later the Bishop of the Isles, whose main claim to fame is that he published the first ever book in Gaelic.  The Castle was blown up by Royalist troops in the 1680s as retaliation for a later owner supporting the rebellion against James II and VII.  It has, therefore, been a ruin for several centuries.  Apparently it is a spectacular example of architecture of its period but that is not something I know anything about.



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My kids love running around in the walled courtyard garden and scurrying across the hillocks at the rear of the castle – which sometimes gives me palpitations since the drop from some of them is really quite steep.  What they especially love, however, is the castle interior with all its imaginative play possibilities.  In addition to large spaces, there are two towers, one at each end of the castle.  These are accessed by spiral stairs which open up into other rooms before spiralling upwards again.  My mountain-goat-children whizz up these steps in no time at all which always makes me feel queasy as it means they reach the open roof before I do.  The way they leap around at such heights – especially the youngest one who has neither fear nor an ability to undertake any sort of risk assessment – makes my knees wobble.  They also love the cellar – which contains a well – and that is a much safer venue for play but, alas, they prefer the higher areas of the castle.











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8 thoughts on “Back to Blighty #12 – Carnasserie Castle

  1. First of all, you have 4 very adorable boys.

    Secondly, that is so cool that you are able to bring them back to take them to the nooks and crannies of Scotland.

    I am from Bethlehem, so I know southeast Pennsylvania very well and can understand the shock of going from Scotland to there. We are a strange bunch. How are you adapting?

    • It was great to take them back to the UK, particularly back to where we lived, just to drive home the message that we can go back and forth between Britain and America and that friendships can survive distance.

      We are adapting pretty well to life here now that we are almost two years in. It helped when we bought a house to call home here. There are still little things here and there that almost daily remind me I’m an alien but day to day life is pretty settled now. We are enjoying all the exploring and learning there is to do around our new abode.

      Thank you for visiting and for commenting on my blog. 🙂

      • My pleasure. It takes a lot of courage to pick up and move your family across an ocean. I am so happy to hear it is working out for you. Eventually, you don’t think about being an alien as much, as the Boffin can attest after being here for 16 years. It only crops up when people ask about your accent.

        If you want more insight into the ways of the Pennsylvanians, feel free to ask.

      • Thank you. I will.

        Oh the accent thing happens pretty much every day – though people often think I’m Irish rather than Scottish. They also ask about Nessie and the royal family.

        Has your husband become a citizen? That’s something I’m pondering now as we are about to apply for the boys’ US passports and also because it’s frustrating not being allowed to vote.

      • Well after four moves in one year – including the actual transatlantic bit – I am never moving again so I’m with the Boffin on that. One project at a time though: kids’ passports first.

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