15.09.2004 – Day 4: Castle Tioram


Castle Tioram

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Castle Tioram

Castle Tioram (sprich Tschi-ram, aus dem schottisch-gälischen Caisteal Tioram, was in etwa trockene Burg bedeutet,) ist eine Burgruine am Loch Moidart, Lochaber, Highlands, Schottland, die auf einem schmalen Landstück liegt, das bei Flut die Insel Eilean Tioram bildet. Es liegt westlich von Acharacle, ungefähr 80 km von Fort William. Die Burg selbst befindet sich etwas abseits des offenen Atlantiks und kontrolliert den Zugang zum inneren Loch Moidart und zum Loch Shiel.

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Castle Tioram is a ruined castle that sits on the tidal island Eilean Tioram in Loch Moidart, Lochaber, Highland, Scotland. It is located west of Acharacle, approximately 80 km (50 mi) from Fort William. Though hidden from the sea, the castle controls access to Loch Shiel. It is also known to the locals as “Dorlin castle”

The castle—a listed building and scheduled ancient monument—is the traditional seat of Clan MacDonald of Clan Ranald, a branch of Clan Donald. Castle Tioram was seized by Government forces around 1692 when Clan Chief Allan of Clanranald joined the Jacobite Court in France, despite having sworn allegiance to the British Crown. A small garrison was stationed in the castle until the Jacobite Uprising of 1715 when Allan recaptured and torched it, purportedly to keep it out of the hands of Hanoverian forces. It has been unoccupied since that time, although there are some accounts suggesting it was partially inhabited thereafter including storage of firearms from the De Tuillay in the 1745 Jacobite Uprising and Lady Grange’s account of her kidnapping.

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