Duart Castle is a must if you’re tracing your Maclean ancestors on the Isle of Mull. But even if you’re not hunting family history, the castle is a great day out.
Duart is an easy 30-40 minute drive from Mull holiday cottage Traigh Mhor and a great day out for all visitors, with connections to the castle, or not.
Sitting on a clifftop, looking out across the Sound of Mull, Duart Castle is the ancestral home of the Macleans.
The castle’s spectacular and stragetic position enabled the Macleans to conrol the sea lanes around the Island and offered excellent natural defences.
Duart Castledates back to the 13th century. Its restoration was started by Sir Fitzroy Maclean, the 26th Chief, who bought the ruined castle in 1910.
A 10-minute drive from Craignure, the castle and grounds are open to the public from March to October. Visitors can explore the dungeons, walk through the ancient keep, and learn all about the history of the Clan Chiefs.
There is a designated tour for children and you can also hire kites or enjoy a game of boules.
Duart Castle’s 2017 season
Duart Castle, tearoom and shop open on April 2 and are open to visitors from Sunday to Thursday during April, from 11am to 4pm. Plus every day over Easter.
From May 1st to October 18th, you can visit every day from 10.30am to 5pm. From October 1-18, the tearoom and shop run 11am-4pm.
Clan Maclean International Gathering 2017
The Clan Maclean Association is organising an International Gathering on Mull from June 20-25. This includes the Chief’s Grand Ceilidh Concert, a Grand March and gathering as well as a Clan dance.