This castle is the ancestral home of the Breadalbane family. It sits
beside the still waters of Loch Awe in the western highlands.
This old fortress was held by the English Army prior to the Battle of
Bannockburn. Robert the Bruce laid seige to it, and told the weakling King
Edward II that he would take it by midsummer's day 1314 unless they
capitulated. Instead of commanding his soldiers to surrender to the Scots,
Edward sent one of his "friends" at the head of an enormous army to meet
Bruce at Bannockburn. Although seriously outnumbered the Scottish army
led by Bruce won the battle. As a result, Scotland regained its freedom
from England, and its first independent kingdom since the death of King
Alexander in 1286. The Scottish War of Independence had lasted 28 years.