Castle was the stronghold of the Campbell
Clan. But it is most probable the Castle had
been built earlier during the reign of the
McGregor Clan as this family was the ruling
clan before it was usurped by the Campbells.
For over 400 years the Campbells used
Kilchurn Castle as their seat
and later converted it into
a stronghold of the government during the
time of the Jacobites. Politically,
the Campbells were always on
the side of the government.
When peace among the clans arrived with the
strength of the McGregors fading, Kilchurn
Castle was no longer needed as a stronghold.
The new Duke of Bredalbane, Lord Glenorchy,
moved the entire family to Perthshire at
Taymouth Castle as the wealth and power of
the Campbells grew.
During the height of its glory, Kilchurn
Castle was a formidable fortress and
It is well recorded at the
Edinburgh Register House how advanced and
extremely wealthy and
powerful the Campbells were.
Family records at the Register House in
Edinburgh date back to the time when the
famous Scottish King Robert the Bruce had
his lodgings at Kilchurn Castle. There is
also a record of a certain Glenorchy not
paying his tailor for services rendered.
Kilchurn Castle was completely abandoned in
the latter part of the 18th century.
Unfortunately, it also suffered the fate of
burning down, supposedly after lighting
struck it, though it is rumored that a
vengeful McGregor was responsible for the