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.
Christmas Dinner Menu
Served daily from December 1st until December 23rd inclusive.
Crisp Atlantic Cod with Sundried Tomato & Chive Butter,
Smoked Ham, Fennel & Cucumber Salad
Trio of Ham Hough Terrine, Chicken Liver Pate, & Warm Duck
Rillette with Pear Chutney & Pickled Vegetables
Scottish Brie, Beetroot & Asparagus Salad
with Black Grape Dressing
Lightly Spiced Carrot & Ginger Soup
Roast Isle of Gigha Halibut with Crushed Garden Peas, Parmentier
Potatoes, Crispy Fish Bits & Pickled Shallots
Traditional Roast Turkey with Chipolatas, Cranberry
Stuffing, Honey Glazed Root Vegetables & Roast Potatoes
Pork Fillet with Apple & Apricot Stuffing, Creamed
Leeks, Spring Onion & Bacon Mash
Scottish Fillet Steak with Hash Brown, Button Mushrooms,
Red Wine Onions & Watercress (£4.00 supplement)
Potato, Red Onion, Orkney Cheddar Tartiflette with Tomato & Basil Salad
Manor House Chocolate Delights
Traditional Christmas Pudding with
Brandy Sauce Anglaise
Panetonne & Cointreau Parfait with Orange & Chocolate
Apple Frangipane Tart with Sweet Cider Jelly & Cinnamon Ice Cream
Selection of Scottish Cheese & Biscuits
Coffee & Mints
£42 per person including VAT
01631 562087 firstname.lastname@example.org