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 Castles of Scotland - Tolquhon Castle






Location
near Pitmedden, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Description
Tolquhon Castle is located about 20 miles northwest of Aberdeen. The current castle was built by William Forbes from 1584-1589 to replace an earlier 15th century tower house known as Preston's Tower, which is still partly intact, forming the left-hand tower when viewed from in front of the gatehouse. The castle forms rectangular, three-storey residential block complemented by other buildings grouped around a central courtyard. The main house is at the far end of a courtyard. It served as a noble residence for some 300 years. The castle has an impressive gatehouse. In the laird's bedchamber on the second floor, is a secret hidden compartment below the floor where Sir William hid his valuables. The castle features unusual gun ports in the towers adjacent to the entrance, a design which was also used in Dean Castle. There is unusual stone tile work in the main hall. Beyond the courtyard, was a formal garden and a large walled pleasance. The castle is now maintained by Historic Scotland.


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  Fyvie Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Harthill Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Knockhall Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Midmar Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Ravenscraig Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Slains Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Towie Barclay Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Udny Castle, Aberdeenshire







Udny Castle
Tolquhon Castle, near to Pitmedden

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Udny Castle
Tolquhon castle from the front yett. Early 15C and late 16C. In the care of Historic Scotland.

Photograph by Peter Ward. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Udny Castle
Tolquhon castle (detail)

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