Carnbane Castle, Perthshire
Carnbane Castle is a mid 16th century tower or hall house built in a stunning location above the road in Glen Lyon. Due to it's high position on a bend in the road obscured by trees, it is easy to miss. A fabulous castle to explore well worth the climb from the road with fabulous views.
~ History ~
1564 ~ Duncan Campbell, known as "Donnachadh Ruadh na Feileachd", or Red Duncan of the Hospitality, builds a castle guarding the narrow Glen Lyon.
Duncan's hospitality and well stocked larder was well known as far as Ireland.
An Irishman, known as the "Bard of Gornie", visited Duncan at Carnbane where he feasted on "A fat bullock, and six wethers, with red deer and other game, were daily provided for in his hall". When it was time to leave the kind Duncan noticed how worn and weather stained his rags were, so in an act of kindness gave all the clothes he was wearing to the bard. When his wife saw him outside, white and naked she called him a white goose - in Gaelic "Carn Ban"!
1580 ~ Shortly after Red Duncan's death the castle is destroyed by "a party of Lochaber men", Campbell's arch-enemy MacDonald cattle theives, who shoot a burning arrow onto Carnbane's thatched roof.
Red Duncan's son, Sir Colin (or Mad Colin), decides not to rebuild his father's castle and instead build's Meggernie Castle, further up the Glen two years later.