The walk to Gylen Castle is one of the best in the islands. Making it a loop, by going via Barnamboc on the west side of Kerrera, makes it even better. Gylen is an impressive ruin, a 50 foot high tower house standing atop a cliff at the south end of Kerrera. I have seen its Gaelic name, Caisteal nan Geimhlean, translated as 'Castle of Springs', but the word Geimhlean can mean enslavement, or imprisonment, so its name may better translate to 'The Prison'.
For more on Gylen see this RCAHMS page.
|Gylen Castle - seaward side seen from the courtyard at the edge of the cliff (stitched photo)|
|Gylen Castle - Landward side with Oriel window (top left)|
|Gylen from the west - Scarba in the far distance|
|Gylen from the east|
|Gylen from the sea|
|Oriel window carving detail|