The remains of the tiny Lochranza castle sit on a spit that guards the entrance up the glen and is frequently visited by the red deer that freely roam around the village. And of course there is Brodick Castle.
But my heart belongs to ‘the castles’, known as Caisteal Abhail. This is an area in the mountains with some wonderful and surreal rock formations, likened to castle battlements. There is no easy route up to the top (or down), but hikers can be rewarded with 360 degree views, right across the Kintyre peninsular to the Isles of Islay and Jura. Route descriptions to get up here can be found on the Walk the Highlands site (a great resource for hikers of all abilities).
|Views are very weather dependant!|