Saturday Snapshot: Castle Stalker

I was delighted to find this romantic ruined castle during our holiday on the west coast of Scotland. This is Castle Stalker, a 15th century tower house built by the Stewarts of Appin. It’s on a small island in Loch Linnhe, just north east of Port Appin (the setting for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped, a fictionalised account of the “Appin Murder” of 1752).

It was quite late in the day when we got there and the light was fading, so my photo is rather dark. I’d love to go back and take a trip across the loch to the island and see round the castle. It’s privately owned and there are tours on just 5 weeks of the year. There’s a brief history of the castle on the Castle Stalker website.

Castle Stalker is the location of Castle Aaaaarrrrrrggghhh in the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

To participate in the Saturday Snapshot meme post a photo that you (or a friend or family member) have taken then leave a direct link to your post in the Mister Linky at At Home With Books. Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don’t post random photos that you find online.


20 thoughts on “Saturday Snapshot: Castle Stalker

  1. I love Kidnapped, but from reading it I always imagined Appin to be very bleak. The Castle, loch and surrounding landscape look beautiful, but what a bloodthirsty history lies behind the view! Thank you for visiting my my blog.


  2. That looks like a great place to go exploring, and I love the name! When I saw it in your post title I thought maybe it was a comical self-description – that you were off stalking castles. 🙂


  3. What great photos. I thought of The Holy Grail immediatey! I’m glad you mentioned it. It’s a beautiful place. Interesting about the Kidnapped connection too- I read that for the first time this year.


  4. That’s a beautiful setting for a castle. Now I must explore the links you’ve provided to learn more about it. Thanks for posting. BTW, have you tried lightening up the photo by using an editing too that comes with your computer? But of course, leaving it dark like a silhouettes exudes its mystery that a bright picture could not.


  5. Margaret – Oh, that really is a gorgeous ‘photo! The dimming light actually adds to the atmosphere in the picture, I think. And now I have a new place to put on my list of places I should visit.


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