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Last updated: 03 December, 2023
Expert travel writer: Lucy Gillmore

If you’ve ever dreamt of bedding down in an ancient castle, it might well have looked like this bijoux bolthole.

Straight out of the pages of a romantic novel, 16th-century Kilmartin Castle lies in a wild, windswept west coast glen, once owned by the Campbell clan. Now a luxurious five-bedroom B&B, it’s been sensitively converted, retaining the stone-flagged floors, barrel-vaulted ceilings and spiral staircases.

It’s a tiny castle with bags of attitude and quirky touches, flickering fires, a record player and stack of vinyl and freestanding copper tubs. Best suited to history lovers, wild romantics and ‘Outlander’ fans, wanting to live the craggy-castle dream.

Surrounding area

Kilmartin Glen is in Argyll on the west coast of Scotland, and steeped in history, home to standing stones and burial cairns from 5000 years ago. The little village has a museum, a hotel serving home-cooked pub grub and a church with graves dating back to the 10th century – and not much else.

The nearest small town is Lochgilphead, an 18th-century settlement, literally at the head of Loch Gilp, a 10-minute drive away.


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General amenities

Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room amenities

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Hot tub (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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