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 Castles of Scotland - Birse Castle






Location
near Aboyne, Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Description
Birse Castle is located in the Forest of Birse, Aberdeenshire. The original structure was a square three-storey tower house with turrets and a corbelled circular tower at the south east The castle is a B-listed historic site. The building is owned by Viscount Cowdry, Dunecht House, Dunecht, Aberdeen.

History
Birse Castle was built about 1600 for the Gordons of Cluny. When the Gordons built Birse Castle, they encroached upon The Forest of Birse, which consisted of about 24 farms. Eighteen of these were owned by the Gordons, but the owners of the other six farms did not take too kindly to the Gordons intrusion and burned down the castle about 1640 .The castle was a ruin by 1887, but restoration started in 1905. In 1930 a three-storey wing was added.


Other Castles in the Area
  Abergeldie Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Balfluig Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Castle Fraser, Aberdeenshire
  Cluny Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Craigievar Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Crathes Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Drumtochty Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Edzell Castle, Angus
  Fasque House, Aberdeenshire
  Glenbuchat Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Invermark Castle, Angus
  Kildrummy Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Knock Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Midmar Castle, Aberdeenshire







Midmar Castle
Birse castle is situated in the ancient forest of Birse and was restored in the early twentieth century from a ruin.

Photograph by Colin Smith. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Midmar Castle
Birse Castle

Photograph by Colin Smith. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)


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