Lachlan - Garden-Facing Bedroom
Situated on the second floor with views of the garden, this bedroom has a double bed with pine furniture and a large luxurious bathroom reminiscent of days gone by with a bath and shower overhead.
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Lochlann – sea loch land (a general Gaelic term for Scandinavia)
Take the B8000 coast road southwards – on the eastern shore of Loch Fyne – and you’ll come to Lachlan Bay and the 15th century Castle Lachlan, ancestral home of the Clan Lachlan, yet another Scottish tribe with a turbulent history. Even though they were allied by marriage to the Lamonts and the Campbells (it’s called keeping your options open), having a foothold in both these argumentative camps didn’t seem to benefit them.
Nor did their clan motto fortis et fidus meaning brave and loyal. In 1646, the Reverend Colin Maclachlan took part in the butchery of the Lamonts at Dunoon (and you thought the local parson was supposed to be peace-loving and tolerant?). In 1715 and again in 1745, when the Lachlans supported the Jacobite cause, the castle was occupied on both occasions by Campbell Militiamen under the Campbell Captain of Dunoon. And when the Lachlan Clan Chief died as a result of his wounds at the battle of Culloden in 1746, a ship was sent to Loch Fyne to blast his castle to ruins.
From the outside, the castle looks like a simple keep arrangement but is, in fact, quite different from most other castles of the West Coast. The accommodation is first protected by a curtain wall, and then divided into two by a narrow open court from which a gallery gave access to both sides and to the floors above. One of the best views is from Invercottage but, for a closer look, the ruins can be reached via the footbridge. Stout footwear is recommended for this lovely walk.
Travel north from here to Strachur and Inveraray. Or southwards towards Otter Ferry. This rocky coastline was often the haunt of smugglers, and in the 18th and 19th centuries, such contraband as salt, tea, rum and brandy were sneaked ashore. Watch out for seals who often pop their heads out of the water to see what the visitors are doing. Drive over the Bealachandrain pass (part of an old drovers’ road) renowned for its stunning views across Loch Fyne to the Kintyre Peninsula and, on a clear day, to the mountains of Jura. Or continue south to Portavadie and Tighnabruaich (say Tee–na-brew-ah).