Arran, The Castle And Loch Ranza c.1890

Arran, The Castle And Loch Ranza c.1890

Neg. A93001

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History

Lochranza, on the island of Arran, dates from the late 13th to the mid 14th century with 16th-century additions. It has an added jamb, or wing, which was built on to increase the castle's defence capability. The square tower projects to cover the entrance, and is equipped with long arrow slits. The original entrance was barrel-vaulted.

This view was photographed near the northern tip of the island. A ruined 14th-century double-towered castle stands guard over Loch Ranza. It was here that Robert Bruce is said to have landed on his return from Ireland in 1306.

This is an excerpt from Scotland Photographic Memories, by Clive Hardy

Lochranza dates from the late 13th century to mid 14th century with 16th-century additions, and features one of the earliest examples of an added jamb or wing which was built on to increase the castle's defence capability. The square tower projects to cover the entrance, and is equipped with long arrow slits of an early design. The original entrance was of the heavily ribbed barrel-vaulted type.