Overview

Duart Castle proudly guards the sea cliffs of the Isle of Mull, while enjoying one of the most spectacular and unique positions on the West Coast of Scotland.

Brought back from ruin in 1911, the Castle treasures 800 years of history of one of Scotland’s oldest Clans, The Macleans, and is one of the last surviving privately owned Clan Castles in Scotland.

Visit us today and explore the turbulent past of the Clan, the battles and the love stories. Stand under and admire the stone Clan Crest or enjoy the blossoming Rowan Tree in the Castle Courtyard. Explore the ancient Keep and ghostly Dungeons. Browse the magnificent Banqueting Hall and quaint Edwardian State Rooms. Walk the Battlements and lose yourself in the breathtaking view out across the Sound of Mull.

There is more to enjoy outside within the Castle grounds, including Millennium Wood and Duart Point, a promontory which can be explored on foot. Finish your visit with homegrown, homemade food in the Duart Tearoom or treat a loved one with a unique gift in the “Maclean’s of Duart” Gift Shop.


Opening
Opening

2020

1 April to 18 October, 11am to 4pm (10.30am to 5pm May to September).

Charge for bus transfers.

Find Us
Find us

The most convenient and direct ferry sails from Oban to Craignure on the Isle of Mull. The sailing from Oban takes 45 minutes to Craignure and on the return trip, this ferry connects with trains and buses on the mainland. Book your car on the ferry in advance and purchase your ticket before getting on the ferry.

You can also get to Mull from Lochaline and Kilchoan on Morvern and Ardnamurchan. No advance booking is necessary. 

  • Offers bike storage
Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Taxi

Chris’ Hire 07493 886237

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free.

Adult: £7.00
Child: £3.50
Family (2+2): £17.50

Tickets including ferry and coach to and from the Castle are available at the Caledonian MacBrayne Tour Shop in Oban.

More admission details

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
Group Visits
Group Visits

We welcome groups to the castle and offer a special rate for groups of over 15 people.

Tickets including ferry and coach to and from the Castle are available at the Caledonian MacBrayne Tour Shop in Oban.

Find out more.

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

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Weddings

Duart Castle is the iconic island fortress of the Clan Maclean. Situated on the sea cliffs of the Isle of Mull, it’s been the Clan’s home for eight Centuries. Today it is owned by Sir Lachlan Maclean, the 28th Clan Chief.

Say “I Do” in a unique Scottish Castle with stunning grounds and dramatic sea views. Your day will be unforgettable.

The ceremony can take place within the walls of the 13th-century castle. Say "I do" and make history surrounded by 800 years of life and love.

Facilities

  • Guest parking
  • Accessible parking
  • In-house catering

Opening
Opening

2020

1 April to 18 October, 11am to 4pm (10.30am to 5pm May to September).

Charge for bus transfers.

Find Us
Find us

The most convenient and direct ferry sails from Oban to Craignure on the Isle of Mull. The sailing from Oban takes 45 minutes to Craignure and on the return trip, this ferry connects with trains and buses on the mainland. Book your car on the ferry in advance and purchase your ticket before getting on the ferry.

You can also get to Mull from Lochaline and Kilchoan on Morvern and Ardnamurchan. No advance booking is necessary. 

  • Offers bike storage
Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Taxi

Chris’ Hire 07493 886237

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free.

Adult: £7.00
Child: £3.50
Family (2+2): £17.50

Tickets including ferry and coach to and from the Castle are available at the Caledonian MacBrayne Tour Shop in Oban.

More admission details

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
Group Visits
Group Visits

We welcome groups to the castle and offer a special rate for groups of over 15 people.

Tickets including ferry and coach to and from the Castle are available at the Caledonian MacBrayne Tour Shop in Oban.

Find out more.

Other opening

The Duart Castle Tearoom

Lunch

We pride ourselves on serving locally sourced Isle of Mull produce wherever possible. We aim to tell the story of our island and its history through our menu.

The Tearoom is open:
April – 11 am to 4 pm
1st May to 18th October – 10.30 am to 5 pm

Soup, home baking (scones, cakes and other sweet treats), coffee and tea are available all day. Homemade soup and rolls available for lunch from 12 pm to 3 pm.

Traditional Baking

Baked to Lady Maclean’s Own Recipes

The Tearoom boasts a wonderful range of sweet and savoury home baking. Some of our cakes are still made according to Lady Maclean’s own recipes.


School Visits

We offer visits for school/educational groups for primary and secondary schools.

Duart Castle Courtyard


Walks

Around the Castle there are many more things to enjoy and discover. From the Castle down to the waters edge, there are marked walks and pathways which take you around the Castle, past the canon and the jetty and back to the Tearoom.

There are benches along the way where you can stop and enjoy the views across the Sound of Mull.



Duart Castle's history and features

The first recorded mention of the Macleans of Duart is in a papal dispensation of 1367 which allowed their Chief Lachlan Lubanach Maclean to marry the daughter of the Lord of the Isles, Mary Macdonald.

This it is said, was a love match, and her father was persuaded to allow it only after he had been kidnapped by Lachlan (an incident in which the Chief of the Mackinnons was killed). The Macdonalds went on to give the Mackinnon lands as a dowry and thus the Macleans came to own much of Mull. Lachlan then built the keep that stands today though the great curtain walls were probably of the previous century.

The Macleans continued to use Duart as their base but they were always fighting for one cause or another. They were part of the loose alliance of West Coast chiefs who supported the Lord of the Isles. Hector Mor, born in 1497, succeeded his father in 1527 and was described as good, kind and brave. The power of the Lord of the Isles was now broken, the Macleans were wholly independent and the King of Scotland, James Vth, was making himself felt in the islands. Hector Mor was kidnapped, with many other Chiefs, by the King’s Lord Lieutenant at a dinner on board ship off Aros Castle. Hector was only released when he agreed to the destruction of all his galleys. Hector Mor was also a builder.

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Things to See

Fun Facts

The position of Duart was well chosen, it is sited on a high crag at the end of a peninsula jutting into the Sound of Mull. It commands the channel between Mull and the mainland, entrances to Lochs Linne and Etive and the neck of the Firth of Lorne as it meets the Sound of Mull.