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Location
near Udny Green, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Description
Udny Castle is about a quarter of a mile northeast of Udny Green and half a mile southwest of Pitmedden in Aberdeenshire. The castle was built by the Udny family in the 15th century and is still the home of family descendents. It is a five-storey harled rectangular tower house with ornamental turrets and walls 8 feet thick. It was heightened in the 17th century when bartizans at each corner and a parapet above water-spouts were added. Additional wings were added in the 19th century turning the castle into a Baronial mansion built in 1874 by architect James Maitland Wardrop. The Victorian extension was demolished in the 1960s. There is a arched entrance on the east side leading to a vaulted basement. A turnpike stair rises to the hall on the first floor, which has window-seats and a Jacobean-style ceiling from the Victorian era. The tower has been restored and remains a family home.

History
In 1634 the Udny family moved to their other property of Knockhall Castle, but after Knockhall burned down 100 years later in 1734, they returned to Udny Castle. Udny had been abandoned while they were away, and on returning they renovated and extended the old keep.


Other Castles in the Area
  Castle Fraser, Aberdeenshire
  Cluny Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Delgatie Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Esslemont Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Fyvie Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Harthill Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Knockhall Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Midmar Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Ravenscraig Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Slains Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Tolquhon Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Towie Barclay Castle, Aberdeenshire







Towie Barclay Castle
Udny Castle near Udny Green is a typical Scottish tower house with ornamental turrets

Photograph by Lynette and Malcolm Johnson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)


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