Did you know there is a Calgary Castle in Scotland – and it’s the home that’s the origin Calgary Alberta’s name

Calgary Beach / Calgary Isle of Mull, Scotland

Calgary Beach / Calgary Isle of Mull, Scotland / Google Maps

The Isle of Mull, Scotland – The Isle of Mull is the second largest of the Hebrides, an archipelago off the west coast of Scotland.

About 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) from Tobermory is Calgary Beach, which is described as one of the most accessible and photographed beaches in Scotland. Overlooking the beach is the 19th-century Calgary Castle – a Gothic mansion also known as Calgary House.

Colonel James Macleod, of the Canadian North West Mounted Police, would spend summers here. It was after he returned from a  stay at Calgary Castle 1876 he suggested the name Calgary name for Fort Calgary, which eventually lead to it becoming the name for the city of Calgary, Alberta. Today the house is rented out to groups of up to 16 people as a winter retreat.

On the Isle of Mull the name Calgary is used for the beach, the home, the wee village, etc. According to Wikipedia the name Calgary “comes from the Gaelic, Cala ghearraidh, meaning Beach of the meadow (pasture). “Cala” is the word specifically used for a hard, sandy beach suitable for landing a boat, which relates plausibly to the location.”


Calgary, Isle of Mull, UK


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