Castle Stalker, Loch Laich – Clan Stewart of Appin
Famous for its appearance in the film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Castle Stalker is the traditional clan seat of the Stewarts of Appin.
Constructed in the 14th century, the castle was originally the home of Clan MacDougall. Beginning as a small fort, the family would live here while they held the position of Lords of Lorn before losing the title and castle to the Stewarts in 1388.
It is believed that the Stewarts would then build the present castle around the middle of the 15th century and they would remain its owners until the 1620s when their relative, King James IV, would lose the castle to the Campbells after a drunken bet.
Moving between the Campbells and the Stewarts over the next few hundred years, Castle Stalker would finally be abandoned in 1840 after losing its roof. It would then be partially restored in 1908 after falling under the control of Charles Stewart of Achara, who would carry out some basic conservation work – before it was fully restored in the 1960s. It remains under private ownership but is open to the public during the summer and is classified as an inhabited island that ‘has no usual residents’.
Recognisable from its appearances within popular culture, the castle has been used as a location in the films, Highlander: Endgame and Monty Python and the Holy Grail – the latter of which remains an iconic film today.