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 Castles of Scotland - Kildrummy Castle






Location
Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Description
Kildrummy Castle is located near Kildrummy, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The castle was the seat of the Earls of Mar and was built in the 12th century and is one of the most extensive castle from this period to survive in eastern Scotland. Kildrummy Castle is shield-shaped in plan with a number of towers. The flat side of the castle overlooks a steep ravine. On the opposite side of the castle the walls come to a point, which was once defended by a massive twin-towered gatehouse. The castle also had a seven storey tall keep, called the Snow Tower which contained the main living quarters. There was also a Great Hall at the rear of the castle, and a chapel on the east side. Extensive earthworks protected the castle, including a dry moat and the ravine. Most of the castle foundations are now visible, along with most of its lower-storey walls. Archaeological excavations in 1925 uncovered decorative stone flooring and evidence of battles. Today, the castle property is owned by Historic Scotland. A hotel (the Kildrummy Castle Hotel) has been built on the old estate, overlooking the ruins.

History
Kildrummy Castle underwent siege numerous times in its history, first in defence of the family of Robert the Bruce in 1306, and again in 1335 by David of Strathbogie. In 1435 it was taken over by James I, becoming a royal castle until being granted to Lord Elphinstone in 1507. The castle passed from the Clan Elphinstone to the Clan Erskine before being abandoned in 1716 after the failed Jacobite rebellion.


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  Auchindoun Castle, Moray
  Balfluig Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Balmoral Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Balvenie Castle, Moray
  Birse Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Corgarff Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Craigievar Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Dunnideer Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Forbes Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Glenbuchat Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Harthill Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Huntly Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Knock Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Leslie Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Licklyhead Castle, Aberdeenshire







Licklyhead Castle
Kildrummy Castle, near to Milltown of Kildrummy

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