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Barcaldine Castle
Oban, Argyll, Scotland
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Barcaldine Castle
Barcaldine Castle is located in Scotland
Barcaldine Castle
Barcaldine Castle
Coordinates 56°30′37″N 5°24′04″W / 56.510356°N 5.401184°W / 56.510356; -5.401184
Site history
Built 1601-9
Restored 1897-1911
Built by Duncan Campbell

Barcaldine Castle (also called the Black Castle) is a 17th-century tower house castle located at Barcaldine 9 miles north of Oban, Scotland.


The castle was built by Sir Duncan Campbell of Glenorchy between 1601 and 1609. In 1692, the castle was attacked during the massacre of Glencoe.

The castle fell into disrepair in the later 19th century, when Barcaldine House became the principal residence of the family. It was restored between 1897-1911. It was purchased in November 2009 by David Whitehead.


The castle has a bottle dungeon and two hidden passageways.

The castle offers a view on the Loch Creran and the Glen Coe mountains.

The castle is owned by David Whitehead.


The ghost of Sir Duncan Campbell is said to have been spotted roaming Barcaldine searching for the man who murdered him.

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