Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe, Argyll
By the end of the 13th century when one of the earliest attested Campbell chiefs Cailean Mór had settled around Loch Awe, Clan MacDougall and their MacDonald kinsmen were the main force on Scotland's western seaboard. Their huge fleet of galleys commanded the seas while the MacDougall castles of Dunollie and Dunstaffnage controlled the land.
Cailean Mor had been gradually pushing his boundaries farther west, but the MacDougalls decided to settle matters once and for all. A cairn high up in the hills above Loch Awe marks the spot where they met at a place that became known as the Red Ford, because the burn is said to have run with blood. The cairn marks the spot where Cailean Mor was killed. But His fame was such that Clan Campbell chieftans, the Dukes of Argyll, claimed descent from him, and to this day style themselves Mac Cailein Mór, son of Colin the Great.
The story of the Campbell origins, their victory over the MacDougalls, their fight for Scottish independence at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, the story of the clan’s rise to prominence and the first and only Marquis of Argyll’s battles with Alasdair MacColla and the clan’s centuries long battle with Clan Donald are compellingly told in the Galloglas DVD, Clan Campbell. Filmed on location to the highest standards Clan Campbell features the can’s unique story and is a must for every Campbell to own. (Coming Soon)
According to Celtic folklore, winter is ruled by a one-eyed hag called Mag Moullach who lives on Ben Nevis and formed the Hebrides by throwing rocks into the sea. She grazed her cow on Ben Cruachan and gave it water from a magic well, which, if left uncovered, would flood the world.
One day Mag Moullach fell asleep on the hillside and was wakened by the roar of gushing water. And though she tried to cover the well she couldn’t find the slab in the moonlight. By the time the well was covered the glen below Ben Cruachan had become Loch Awe.