Kilmartin Castle is an imaginatively restored 16th-century Scottish castle situated in wild and unspoiled Argyll on the breathtaking West coast of Scotland. Twenty-nine miles from Oban and six miles from the Crinan Canal, also known as Britain’s most beautiful shortcut.
Kilmartin Castle has stood at the top of Argyll’s ancient Kilmartin Glen, surrounded by standing stones, hill forts, and burial cairns for almost 500 years.
Stef & Simo travelled around Scotland in 2014 and could not find a castle to stay in, that ‘felt like a castle’ once inside. When they found Kilmartin Castle in 2015, they left their jobs and set about creating the Scottish castle experience they had hoped to find as travellers themselves. They completed their exciting restoration in July 2019, and now offer a bed and breakfast experience unlike any other.
All of the bedrooms at Kilmartin Castle have private en-suites with walk-in rain showers. Some rooms have handcrafted copper baths and others their own wood-burning stove. An eclectic mix of antique furnishings, well-considered new and old reclaimed materials, as well as original art pieces, create a very authentic, yet soft and welcoming castle interior.
There are many ways to spend your time whilst staying at Kilmartin Castle with stunning walks, historic ruins, paddle boarding, kayaking, wild swimming, fishing, mountain bike trails, eating out, distillery tours, and even island hopping.
The Kilmartin Museum celebrates the many ancient treasures found in Kilmartin Glen with archaeological digs and events happening all year round. Having just received a £6m grant to expand, Kilmartin Museum will be under refurbishment, hoping to re-open in March 2023. The cafe and their fabulous cakes will temporarily move to a new building during the works.
Kilmartin Castle offers the the ideal luxury stop off for cyclists riding ‘The Caledonian Way’ – National Route 78 of the National Cycle Network passes through the village of Kilmartin.