Trip to Mac Ewan Castle, Argyll, Scotland

(Above image is a capture of the Firth of Clyde from Gourock.)

This evening, I am re-visiting a trip to a ruined but historically important castle connected with Clan MacEwan.

Departure point was Gourock on the River Clyde and then ferry across the Firth of Clyde to Dunoon.


Then a 1 hour west along  a narrow, winding road to our first stop at Otter Ferry. This was the place of domicile of Ewen of Otter on the shores of Loch Fyne who as active around AD 1200 and who is the earliest historical forbear of Clan MacEwan. Lovely spot to admire on a  warm, sunny morning.

Next, to Kilfinan and a brief stop at the Kilfinan Hotel where we were provided with very helpful information on Clan MacEwan and directions to the castle ruins.

Kilfinan Hotel

Accessing the castle site proved something of an adventure, navigating across fields, a stream, rickety fences, and a beach.  We eventually achieved our target although were all  in agreement that perhaps Clan MacEwan or some other authority should improve the access and signage. Our exertions were mitigated to an extent by the warm sunny weather and relatively dry conditions underfoot.

On the trail to Castle Mac Ewan

The castle site is prominent but now amounts to little more than a pile of rocks. However, the view across Loch Fyne and surrounding landscapes was superb.

We next headed back to the Kilfinan Hotel where we had a pleasant light  lunch under care of Madelon. Very enjoyable experience sitting outside on the veranda.

Finally, back to cruise ship terminal of Greenock via Luss and Loch Lomond.


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