Besides the glorious landscapes in Scotland, I wanted to see as many castles as I could get to… and a few of them took some getting to! I have a preference for the really old castle ruins but there were some splendid intact ones as well. In one case, there was one where I enjoyed the surrounding gardens more than the castle itself. And in another, a castle ruins I was so hyped to see was totally engulfed in fog the day we visited. Oh well.
This is Castle Stalker, a four story tower house or keep, 25 miles from Oban, Scotland. It can only be reached by boat if you are lucky enough to be able to book a tour. It is thought to have been built around 1446 and it has quite a history. It also appeared in the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail; the “your mother was a hamster” scene. The water was wonderfully calm that morning which made for great reflections. Too bad that boat was there that day as well.
Zoomed and cropped view