Castle Stalker, Appin by Pawel Zygmunt

Castle Stalker, Appin

Castle Stalker is a remote tower house located on the small scenic island of Loch Linne. The name ‘Stalker’ is derived from the Gaelic word Stalcaire, meaning “hunter” or “falconer”. Castle Stalker is completely authentic and hasn’t been added to, only conserved, it is one of the best preserved medieval tower-houses in western Scotland. The castle is accessible from the nearby shore of Portnocuish when the tide is low. However, this can prove difficult. It is located around 1.5 miles northeast of Port Appin, Argyll, Scotland and it is visible from the A828 road between Oban and Glen Coe.

The original castle was used as a small fort by Clan Macdougall who constructed the historical building in the year 1320. Throughout the medieval era, Castle Stalker has changed ownership multiple times. Lords of the tower house ranged from the Stewarts in 1388 to their relatives, King James VI of Scotland, (who in fact lost ownership of the property in a drunken bet to the Clan Campbell!). After multiple ownership changes, the owners decided to abandon the castle in around 1940.The MacDougalls lost their title after their defeat by King Bruce at Brander Pass in 1308 but regained it for a period after 1328. In about 1388 the Lordship of Lorn passed to the Stewarts, the lands including Castle Stalker.

Scotland it known from hundreds of castles. I've seen signes directing to them every few kilometers. They must be in almost every little town :) and they are just gorgeous.
Scotland is known from It's weather too :) I didn't really believe that I am going to have great weather all week so I consider myself lucky having it most of the time. So my next photo is about bad weather but in positive way. Moodiness is important in photography too and quite often required.
I am taking you to Satlker castle where rained like hell for most of the time. I took this one in 5 mintes weather window and you can see on the left there is more rain coming. I really enjoyed being in this place though.

Castle Stalker, Appin