Castle Tioram, Loch Moidart, Lochaber – Clan MacDonald
Standing alone on the tidal island of Eilean Tioram in Loch Moidart, the ruined Castle Tioram was once the ancient fortress of the powerful Clan Macdonald.
Believed to have been built in the mid 13th century, the castle was famed for its impregnable nature and the stronghold was only taken once in its entire history – by the government in 1692. This happened after the clan chief of MacDonald, Allan MacDonald of Clanranald, joined the Jacobite court in France after previously pledging allegiance to the British crown.
The capture of Tioram would mark the beginning of its demise as, despite a small garrison successfully holding the castle until 1715, it would eventually be recaptured and torched by Allan as he destroyed his former home in an attempt to keep it out of the hands of Hanoverian Forces during the Jacobite Rising of the same year.
The castle has remained uninhabited since and is now in an extremely poor condition. Many attempts have been made in recent years to restore the fortress to its former glory, however, as of yet, none have been successful. The outside of the castle can still be visited by tourists and Eilean Tioram, the island the castle stands upon, can be reached by foot during low tide or by kayak or canoe during the rest of the day.