Gylen Castle

On the Isle of Kerrera, a small island across from Oban on Scotland’s ancient west coast, is one of Britain’s most beguiling castle ruins. Gylen Castle is a 16th century tower likely built by the regionally ubiquitous MacDougall clan. Standing on a promontory jutting out into the sea, the tower itself was gutted by fire and is precarious – yet this is precisely why it seems to fit so seamlessly into its environment. Not many know about its existence, but now that you do I cannot recommend spending a day on Kerrera highly enough. Regardless of where else in Scotland you go, this small corner of the Inner Hebrides will stay with you forever.