Kinkell Castle

A complete yellow-rendered tower house, Kinkell Castle is located on the Black Isle, a mile (1.5 km) southeast of Conon Bridge and 3 miles (5 km) south of Dingwall. Completed in the 1590s for John Mackenzie of Gairloch, it comprises three storeys and an attic, although may have been reduced by a storey in the 18th century. An attached round tower contains the stair and is capped by a watch-room. The kitchen once occupied the vaulted basement, with the great hall on the first floor above. A fireplace in the hall displays a shield with the date 1594.

It is said that Prince Charles Edward Stuart (1720-88) was hidden here for a time in 1745. Used for a time as a farm-building, the castle became a ruin but was restored in 1969 and remains occupied.

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