Gylen Castle is situated on the southern part Kerrera, the island just off Oban in the Firth of Lorne, and it’s well worth a visit if you’re staying in the Oban area.
It’s an imposing castle and if you position yourself in the right spot you can see it perched dramatically on the skyline commanding spectacular views to the mainland and across the Firth of Lorne to the Inner Hebrides.
Gylen Castle, also known as the ‘Castle of Fountains’, was built in the 1580s as a stronghold of Clan MacDougall and a strategic centre of control and observation on the approach to Oban.
Sieges, fires and weathering caused damage to the castle during the centuries but it was restored by Historic Scotland in 2006 and is now open to the public all year round. As an added bonus to visitors there is no entrance fee. Visitors can also enjoy tea, coffee, refreshments and home cooking at the award winning Tea Garden which is close to the castle. The Tea Garden is open 7 days a week between Easter and October.
You can get to Kerrera via the Kererra Ferry which leaves from a slipway two miles south of Oban along the coast road. There is car parking right at the slipway.
Once on the island, you can either walk to Gylen Castle or cycle. The southern circular route is the most popular and easiest route and at 5 miles can be walked in around 3 hours. Bikes can be hired from the Oban Cycle Shop.
Welcome to the Manor House
Saturday 29th April 2017
Smoked Inverawe trout with Parmesan &
Herb-crusted Scallops and Lemon Salad £10.50
Pan-roasted Pigeon served with
Wilted Spinach &Wild Mushrooms £10.50
Scottish Brie, Asparagus, Tomato and Beetroot £10.50
Carrot & Coriander Velouté £4
West Coast Seafood Grill with New Potatoes,
Asparagus, Spinach & Lemon Dressing £24
Pan-fried fillet of Sea bass with Roast Beetroot,
Purple Stem Broccoli & Parmentier Potatoes £24
Pork Stuffed with Stornoway Black Pudding and Apple,
Savoy Cabbage, Spring Onion Mash and Caramelized Apple £24
Roast Saddle of Lamb served with Confit Potato,
Glazed Carrots and Wilted Kale £24
Scottish Fillet Beef with Fine Green Beans,
Fondant Potato and Haggis Fritter £28
Stuffed Tomatoes with Sweet Pepper Cous cous,
Pine nut and Provencale Sauce £18
Selection of Desserts £9
Coffee & Petit Fours £3.50
Table d’hote £44.00
A la Carte – Appetiser £10.50/Soup £4/Sorbet £3/Main £24/Vegetarian £18/
Dessert £9/Coffee & Petit Fours £3.50
All include VAT @ 20%. Gratuities are left to your discretion