This is the only Rowan tree on the Knoydart Peninsula (Lochaber, Highland, Scotland) to survive the Highland clearances. It survived because of the Rowan mythology, which claims that every Rowan tree has a witch to whom it is sacred, and who will curse the one who fells it. Every woodsman in the clearances refused to cut this tree down.
Originally built for the Clan MacDonald of Ardnamurchan (also known as MacIain of Ardnamurchan), the castle has had many different occupants. King James IV of Scotland used it as a stronghold for fighting off Clan Donald in the late 15th century.
The castle is situated a mile south-east of the small village of Kilchoan in Lochaber, Scotland. Nestled on ridge of rock overlooking the sea, it was considered a strategically important site in terms of communication with overseas areas and as an entranceway to the Sound of Mull.The castle fell into ruin about 600 years after its construction in the 13th century; the majority of the building, however, dates from much later than this, from the 17th century onwards.