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 Castles of Scotland - Invermark Castle






Location
Glen Esk, Angus, Scotland

Description
Invermark Castle is situated in mountainous country at the end of Glen Mark east of Loch Lee about 16 miles from Laurencekirk. The castle was built around 1526 by the Lindsay family extending an existing 14th century tower. The existing castle is a tower house that gives the appearance of being disproportionately tall. The only entrance to the castle is at first floor level, where the main hall would have been. From there a spiral staircase led down to the kitchen and storage areas on the ground floor. The private apartments would have been located on upper floors. In 1605 gun loops were added at ground floor level. There is no public access to the castle interior, but the outside is impressive and worth a visit.

History
The castle was used as refuge by David Lindsay in 1607, after he had killed Lord Spynie in Edinburgh after a long-standing quarrel. The castle continued in use as a family residence until at least 1729. By the start of the nineteenth century, the castle was in ruins and material from the site were removed to build the nearby Lochlee Parish Church and the associated manse.


Other Castles in the Area
  Abergeldie Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Balmoral Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Birse Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Corgarff Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Edzell Castle, Angus
  Fasque House, Aberdeenshire
  Kinnaird Castle, Angus
  Knock Castle, Aberdeenshire







Knock Castle
Remains of Invermark Castle

Photograph by Robin Chrystie. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Knock Castle
Invermark Castle

Photograph by Alan Gordon. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)


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