Dunaverty Castle

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The ruined Dunaverty Castle is located at Southend at the southern end of the Kintyre peninsula in Argyll. The site was once a fort belonging to the Clan Donald. Little remains of the castle, although the site is protected as a scheduled monument. The castle has a long and fascinating history. Robert the Bruce stayed here in 1306 while on the run from Edward I of England. Over the following centuries it was often the scene of conflict. In 1647 in the Battle of Dunaverty some 300 people, mainly MacDonalds and MacDougalls, were killed in a massacre. Their bodies were later interred in a mass grave today marked by a cottage-like stone tomb standing in a field just to the south of the village of Southend.