Historic Scotland

Opening times

Open 1 April to 30 September.



See the story of three nations and three families at this 1200s castle and chapel.

Skipness Castle was begun in the early 1200s, probably by the MacSween family. It was acquired by the Stewart earls of Mentieth in 1262. It passed into the hands of the MacDonalds in 1325 and eventually on to the Campbell earls of Argyll.

The castle demonstrates the change in architectural form in Scottish castles between the 1200s and 1500s, as well as the effects of changing ownership in this time.