Castle Tioram

  • Castle Tioram

Take time to explore a medieval castle located on a rocky outcrop on the tidal island of Eilean Tioram, at the confluence of the River Shiel and Loch Moidart. The castle is enclosed by a thick round-angled, pentagonal defensive curtain dating from 13th century. Within the walls, there are a range of residential buildings (great hall, kitchen, cellar, sleeping apartments etc) of later periods, each reflecting the fashion of the era and the desire for the "gentrification" of the castle. The castle was entered by small gate on the landward side, above which is a small defensive machination. Castle Tioram is the former stronghold of Clan Ranalds and has witnessed a turbulent history, ultimately leading to the castle being abandoned and set alight in 1715.  An historical account of the castle, its features and clan history can be found in a leaflet produced by the Moidart History Society, which can be purchased locally (Walk no 4: A visit to Eilean Tioram and Castle Tioram).

Take in the romance and the history of this impressive castle and surrender yourself to the beauty of its surroundings.

Castle Tioram can be accessed from the car park at Dorlin. Please note that access to the tidal island, upon which the castle stands, is only possible at low tide, when the courseway and a lovely sandy beach are exposed.  Entry to the inside of castle is not possible.