Tioram Castle

Ardnamurchan Peninsula, Scotland.  Day 13, 11th July.

Castle Tiorem

Castle Tioram

Castle Tiorem (pronounced “Cheerum”) is at the end of an obscure side road on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, south of Skye.  The last couple of kilometres are the sort of road you prefer not to encounter oncoming traffic on.

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Castle Tiorem

Castle Tioram

The castle dates back to the thirteenth century though it has been extensively modified over the years, including the raising of the walls.

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Castle Tiorem

Castle Tioram

This is the interior of the castle through a wire grill, the closest I could get.

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Castle Tiorem

Castle Tioram

The castle was originally occupied by close relatives of the lord of the Isles.  In 1373, ownership of the castle by John MacDonald of Clanranald was confirmed by Robert II (of Scotland).

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Castle Tiorem

Castle Tioram

In 1554, the castle was attacked by the Crown (as ordered by the Regent, Mary of Guise) as part of a plan to bring the district of Lochaber under direct control.  The attack was beaten off.

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Castle Tiorem

Castle Tioram

The Macdonalds backed the Royalists during the Civil War and yet at the end of it still retained possession of the castle.  However, in 1685 Allan of Moidart, 14th Chief of Clanranald decided to move to a less remote location.  After that the castle was little used.

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Castle Tiorem

Castle Tioram

Fourteen English troops garrisoned the castle during the 1715 uprising.  Allan of Moidart recaptured it and then set fire to the castle so the English could not use it.  He then left for the Battle of Sheriffmuir, where he died.

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Castle Tiorem

Castle Tioram

The castle at the moment is in something of a state of limbo.  Historic Scotland want to restore the castle and have it open to the public.  However it was purchased in 1998 with the intention of making it a private home.  Planning permission for this has been denied so it remains to see what will eventuate.

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Castle Tiorem

Castle Tioram

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Ardslignish

Ardslignish

This is a stretch of coast on the southern side of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, not far before the ferry to Mull at Kilochoan.

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View from Kilchoan-Tobermory Ferry

View from Kilchoan-Tobermory Ferry

This and following images are on the coast of Mull, from the ferry.

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View from Kilchoan-Tobermory Ferry

View from Kilchoan-Tobermory Ferry

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View from Kilchoan-Tobermory Ferry

View from Kilchoan-Tobermory Ferry

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View from Kilchoan-Tobermory Ferry

View from Kilchoan-Tobermory Ferry

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5 comments on “Tioram Castle

  1. enmanscamera says:

    I enjoyed your commentary Murray. And your images are, as usual, excellent.

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  2. […] Canna was a property of the Church based in Iona from probably the seventh century and was never part of the Lordship of the Isles.  It was sold to a private owner along with other properties of Iona during the reformation, so some time in the sixteenth century.  MacDonald of Clanranald sold the island to Donald MacNeill in 1827 after the failure of a kelp boom, so in the intervening period it must have been owned by these Macdonalds, related to the Lords of the Isles and based at Tiorem Castle. […]

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  3. […] Lady Grange left St Kilda probably in 1740 and was taken to a variety of hideouts; at some stage to Castle Tiorem, over the first winter in Assynt, staying for a while in Harris, and arriving at the Vaternish […]

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