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.
Today’s opening hours
1 to 30 April, 11am to 4pm.
1 to 30 April, 11am to 4pm.
1 May to 18 October 10.30am to 5pm
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
Car park on site
Chris’ Hire 07493 886237
Historic Houses members visit for free.
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.
- Guide dogs welcome
- Accessible parking
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.
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 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.
We offer visits for school/educational groups for primary and secondary schools.