Ardmaddy Castle lies around twelve miles south of Oban in Argyll and is well worth visiting just for its beautiful gardens. Adjacent to the gardens is Lòn a' Chuspair, the ancient Archery Field of the retainers to the MacDougalls of Raera. This historic shooting ground is now the venue for the BLBS in Scotland's August target meeting, hosted there by Lorn Longbows by kind permission of the castle owners, Charles and Minette Struthers.
August 2006 - the Archery Field at Ardmaddy Castle
Directions (Route Map)
Ardmaddy Castle and gardens are about twelve miles south of Oban, off the A816 Oban to Lochgilphead road.
Leave the A816 at Kilninver, taking the B844 signposted for Easdale and Balvicar. (There are two turnings onto the B844, so if you overshoot the first, whichever direction you are travelling, carry on through the dispersed settlement at Kilninver and take the second turning on the other side of it about 1¼ miles further on.)
Shortly after the B844 takes you across a narrow bridge over the River Euchar, the road climbs steeply onto higher ground. About 1½ miles from the Euchar bridge the road narrows to a single track with passing places for a short stretch as it skirts Loch Seil, then widens out again Nearly a mile beyond the end of the loch, the B844 dips down and turns right sharply towards the Isle of Seil and Easdale, but you should carry straight on, climbing uphill along the minor road signposted for Ardmaddy.
Follow this single track road for 1½ miles to the right turn into the driveway of Armaddy Castle. Follow the driveway towards the castle and park in the field indicated.
Ardmaddy's Archery Field is surrounded by stunning Highland scenery
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