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Dun Ara Castle

Ruinous castle on a sea stack with surrounding wall. Central keep on outcrop of rock. Can be visited at any reasonable time.


Dun Ara was a stronghold of the MacKinnons who held the land here from 1354 onwards. The castle was still in use until the C17th when it was abandoned.

The castle was probably built on the site of a previous Dun or fort. The castle had a surrounding wall protecting a central keep or building on the main outcrop of rock. The location was valuable as it protected a harbour of boat landing as well. 

Opening Times

Any reasonable time

Related Clans

Mackinnon

Travel Directions to Dun Ara Castle

Travel Directions

 Follow the B8073 from Tobermory and just outside of the town turn right - signposted Glengorm. Park by the coffee shop at Glengorm Castle. Walk over the bridge opposite the coffee shop and follow the farm track which goes out in front of the castle. The track goes to the right and a detour can be made down the bank to have a closer look at the Glengorm Standing Stones. Continue on the track until it curves round to the left and Dun Ara can be seen on the top of the second crag. The ascent is easy from the south-east side and the castle's foundations are clearly visible.  

Visitor Attractions

  • An Tobar Arts

    Multi-displinary arts centre based in Tobermory in what looks like old school. Live Gigs and stream of activities. Well worth visit.

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