Taymouth Castle stands on the site of the much older Balloch Castle (built in 1550), which was demolished to be rebuilt on a much larger scale in the early 19th century by the Campbells of Breadalbane.
Built in the neo-Gothic style on a lavish scale, no expense was spared on the castle’s interior, which was decorated with extravagant sumptuousness incorporating carvings, plasterwork and murals. Panels of medieval stained glass and Renaissance woodwork were incorporated into the scheme. Much of this decor survives, though the castle has lost most of its original rich furnishings. It has been empty since 1979, although plans have been put forward for its redevelopment as a luxury hotel.
Taymouth Castle is situated just north-east of the village of Kenmore, Perth and Kinross in the Highlands of Scotland.
Moy Castle, Isle of Mull
Moy Castle was originally a 14th century keep, subsequently altered, and is now an uninhabited 3-storey tower. It is near the imposing 18th century Lochbuie House and both buildings were once the seat of Clan Maclaine of Lochbuie.
The Eilean Donan Castle (Highlands, Scotland) - XIII sec.
Muncaster Castle is owned by the Pennington family, who have lived at Muncaster for at least 800 years. The Muncaster estate was granted to Alan de Penitone in 1208. The oldest parts of the castle include the Great Hall and the 14th century pele tower, a type of watch-tower fortification unique to the English-Scottish border region. It is suspected that the site of the castle lies on foundations dating to the Roman era, which, if they exist, may relate to the nearby Roman fort of Glannoventa at Ravenglass. The placename “Muncaster” contains the Latin word castra, meaning “encampment”, or “fort”.
The castle overlooks the Esk river, about a mile east of Ravenglass in Cumbria, England. It is reportedly one of the most haunted castles in England.