Dunderave Castle


Dunderave Castle is an L-plan castle built in the 16th century as the Scottish seat of the MacNaughton clan. The castle lies on a small promontory on the northern shores of Loch Fyne, around 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) north-east of Inveraray, Argyll. The castle is in use as a residence. The present castle was built after their previous castle was destroyed following a Plague infection. The old castle, and remnants of McNaughton crannógs, can still be seen on the lochan known as the Dubh Loch at the head of Glen Shira.

The name Dunderave is of Gaelic origin. Since the MacNachtans were designated ‘of Dunderave’ from as early as 1473, the place-name appears to have moved with the clan from the Dubh Loch. It has been suggested that the name derives either from Dun-an-Rudha, meaning ‘The Knoll on the Promontory’, or else from Dun-da-Ramh, ‘The Castle of Two Oars’. The latter is taken to imply that there was a ferry near the site of the castle.

Clan Connections with Dundarave Castle

MacNaugton
Campbell
Weir

Blogs about Dunderave Castle

A roofless Dunderave Castle, approx 1900

In the shadows of Dunderave

Many mysteries and conflicting stories surround Dunderave Castle, a castle which stands in grand solitude on a rocky point jutting ...
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