Local History

Ecopod has its own private, privileged spot overlooking one of the most photographed castles in Scotland, Castle Stalker. A renowned Scottish landmark, the name originates from the Gaelic Stalcaire which means hunter or falconer. Originally a fortified building dating from 1320 and belonging to the MacDougalls, the castle was a stronghold of the Stewarts of Appin for many years. King James IV, who was a cousin of the Stewarts, made frequent hunting trips to the castle around the end of the 15th Century. In 1620, the castle passed into the hands of the Campbells as the result of a drunken wager by the Stewart Chief in exchange for an eight-oared wherry (a boat).

It was in 1908 that Charles Stewart of Achara purchased the castle, bringing it back into Stewart hands. Finally in 1965 Lt.Col. D.R. Stewart Allward negotiated terms to buy the castle, and spent the next 10 years restoring it with the help of his friends and family.

More recently the castle featured as Castle Aaaaaargh in Monty Pythons cult classic The Holy Grail.

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