Rainbows at Kilchurn Castle, Lochawe

Rainbows at Kilchurn Castle

Have you ever seen both ends of a rainbow? Neither had I until I went to Scotland. 

In my post about Strone Hill & Oban, I mentioned how quickly the weather had been changing in the morning. In the afternoon we headed to Kilchurn Castle, and the weather still had no plans to do calm or settled.

When Tom and I went to Scotland over Christmas, we visited Lochawe and took photos of Kilchurn Castle but we couldn’t figure out how to get to it. We would have missed it again this time if we hadn’t spotted a couple of cars parked in a clearing from the road. I’m not sure why there wasn’t a big sign saying ‘glorious ol’ castle this way’.

The sky was blue when we first got out of the car and started walking towards the castle, but we could see a dark, ominous looking cloud rolling in. 

Lochawe, Kilchurn Castle

Dark clouds over Lochawe

Blue skies at Lochawe

See what I mean? The two photos above were taken seconds apart. I think all I did was turn from one side to the other; beautiful blue sky on my left, and dark clouds on my right.  

With the cloud moving in, we hotfooted it to the castle. 

Chiltern Castle at Lochawe

Kilchurn Castle at Lochawe

What I liked most about Kilchurn Castle is that they allow you to wander it freely. What I really mean by that is that it isn’t ruined by health and safety, which surprised me since there were no staff or anything like that at the castle to make sure no one does anything stupid. I like that though. 

Kilchurn CastleKilchurn Castle

Kilchurn Castle

Kilchurn Castle

Lochawe cannon-hole

Scottish Heritage had put some new staircases and little walkways in to allow you explore the upper levels of the castle and get some stunning views of Lochawe and the surrounding area. 

Stormy clouds over Lochawe

As we got to the top of the tower the dark clouds moved in and opened. Of course, they would wait for us to climb up to the top of the tower before they decided to ‘make it rain’. 

But since it was sunny in parts, it produced beautiful rainbows, WHERE YOU CAN SEE BOTH ENDS! Never in my life, have I see both ends of a rainbow at the same time. 

Rainbow at Lochawe

I raced back down the castle, hoping to find a leprechaun and his pot of gold. But which end do you go for? If you can see both ends of a rainbow, how do you know which end the pot of gold is at? 

The little girl that you can just about see in the photo below, had the same idea also and was trying to beat me there. 

It was quite funny because she kept asking her grandparents (I assume they were her grandparents) why the rainbow kept moving away. As she got closer and closer to the carpark, she started to get really annoyed at the rainbow. 

Rainbow at Kilchurn Castle, Lochawe

Rainbow at Kilchurn Castle, Lochawe

The rain cleared through quickly, and the skies returned to blue a few minutes later. 

Rainbow at Lochawe

I fear that Scotland may have ruined rainbows for me. Normal rainbows, where you usually can’t even see one end of it, just aren’t going to cut it anymore. There’s only one thing for it: I’m moving to Scotland! I wish. 

Have you ever seen both ends of a rainbow before? 




  • What a beautiful trip. I can’t remember ever seeing both ends of a rainbow! Or such a low one.

    • Yes, that’s the other things – it’s quite low isn’t it. When my Mum went to Scotland last year, she met someone who goes during April every year just for the rainbows.

  • I AM SO JEALOUS RIGHT NOW. Partly rainbow, but mostly caaastle. That is amazing and awesome that you could just wander around wherever you wanted. **falls over with longing**

    • It’s a pretty badass combination isn’t it?
      You should come over here and do a castle tour!

  • What a great trip! And that rainbow is BEAUTIFUL! And the little girl racing to find the pot of gold? So cute!

    Andreea Catsfika

    • I couldn’t help but chuckle when she was asking her grandparents why it kept moving. It was so sweet.

  • Wow that first photograph with the rainbow is incredible – what an awesome shot. This sounds like my kind of place and certainly my kind of castle. I loved being able to have a good wander and a climb around a castle growing up!

    • Thanks Rachael. It’s so fun isn’t it? It allows you to imagine what it would have been like to live there when it was first built.

  • I remember the first time I saw the end of a rainbow… It’s the coolest thing EVER! Your photos are beautiful and that castle looks really cool! I really, really, REALLY want to walk around an old castle like that one day!


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