Since we're in Argyll and Bute, I thought I'd showcase some of the lesser-known (read: un-tourist-infested) castles out there.
Featured in the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Castle Stalker ("stalker" as in hunter or falconer) is in an amazingly picturesque position. Described as "bewitching" and "dramatic", this is a postcard perfect location. It is privately owned, with tours given by appointment.
Another privately owned castle (currently under renovation) is Carrick Castle--a keep that was pillaged and plundered in Argyll's rebellion.
Once the court of the illustrious Lords of the Isles, Finlaggan Castle is now a lonely ruin.According to its website, the castle was probably systematically dismantled in the 14th century (around about the time the MacDonalds were making themselves unpopular).
One last place: built in 1582 by Clan MacDougall, the melodramatic Gylen Castle was recently renovated by the very same family and Historic Scotland for the sum of £500,000. It was actually inhabited only 65 years before being burned by the Covenanters. By the way, did you know where the American term "redneck" (meaning a poor, white, usually uncouth and prejudiced Southerner) comes from? The same fiery Scottish Covenanters! Find out more here.