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Time to say a fond farewell…until next season!

It’s that time of year again to say a huge thank you to all our guests and visitors. It’s been a wonderful season and we’ve loved welcoming you to our Castle, sharing its history and serving you in our tearoom. We hope you have enjoyed it as much as we have? Here are just some of our highlights!

Duart Castle Events of the Season

We’ve had the pleasure of hosting lots of different events this year, from the rich cultural sounds of the Mull and Iona Pipe Band, with their talented Highland Dancers, to the captivating words of Scot Ansgeulaiche, with his traditional Highland tales of the Clan Maclean.

“We watched the Mull and Iona pipers and dancers in the castle. They were incredible.”

Kintail Birds of Prey

We had the fabulous opportunity to host the Kintail Birds of Prey at the Castle for the first time this year. It was a real treat to see their rare birds at close quarters and to witness a spectacular demonstration of falconry. If you missed it this year, we hope they will return for next season!

Hebridean Whale Trail

“Duart Castle is a truly majestic viewpoint overlooking waters teeming with sea life.” 

We were very proud to be part of the 1st official Hebridean Whale Trail, which launched this year.

“Have a close look in the rough water towards the lighthouse on the Isle of Lismore, or close into the Keep – harbour porpoises are often spotted here. If you really want to whale-watch in style then head up to the battlements or from the beautiful Sea Room inside the castle where even on damp days you can spot sea life from shelter.” 

Bottlenose dolphins with calf

We hope you were able to spot some of these wondrous creatures in the water!? Harbour porpoise, Bottlenose dolphin, Common dolphin, Seals, White-tailed eagles, Herons, Shags and Oystercatchers.

In addition to this official list, we’ve also been extremely lucky to have regular sightings of Otters throughout the year, and you may have also spotted our resident Stag that lives in the Castle grounds! Captured beautifully in the image below by our Duart guide, Alison.

Celebrity Spotted – Outlander delight!

That’s not all you may have spotted on your trip to Duart this year…

Apart from the wildlife, one particular sighting that got special attention from our tearoom staff was the delightful Sam Heughan – you may recognise him from the hugely popular Outlander series on TV! It’s always a pleasure to welcome celebrities to our Castle!

We love to hear that you have enjoyed your visit and our events as much as we have… Here’s just a small selection of lovely things you had to say this year…

What a great place for a castle!

We visited Duart Castle on our only rainy day in Mull. After a delicious lunch in the tearoom (I would recommend the hot smoked salmon and mozzarella toastie), we watched the Mull and Iona pipers and dancers in the castle. They were incredible. Laird Lochlan was there to greet us all which only added to the experience. The castle is stunning. It’s amazing to think about the length of time it has been there on Mull looking out to sea. The castle tour was great and staff friendly and welcoming. We took a walk down to the small beach behind the tearoom which was lovely. We would most certainly recommend a visit to the castle. Thanks especially to the pipers. You see superb!

Wonderful – well worth a visit

Amazing place, period history well set out and informative, mind-boggling to see the old parts and realise people actually lived like that. Great care has been taken to provide lots of information which was so interesting…Quite awe-inspiring, and wonderful to know that the family still live there…

The restoration of the castle has been a huge undertaking and so lovely to see it in its glory now, and in such a beautiful setting. Highly recommended.

Thank you all for your continued support and we hope to see you again in the New Year!