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 Castles of Scotland - Ravenscraig Castle






Location
Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland

Description
Ravenscraig Castle stands on a rocky outcrop near the shore on the eastern outskirts of Kirkcaldy in Fife. The castle was built in the mid 15th century by James II. The castle has two large D-shaped towers linked by a range through which was the main entrance. A deep moat was cut into the rock of the headland for further defence. On the other side of the towers, the castle was built along a narrow headland which falls away to the sea on each side. Much of the two main towers and connecting range remains, but access is restricted. Not much of the other parts of castle on the headland remain, although there are enough stones remaining to see the outline of the buildings. There are remains of a defensive wall on the east side of Ravenscraig Castle projecting from the end of the nearby bay out below the high water mark.

History
Ravenscraig Castle was damaged by Oliver Cromwell's forces in 1651. The castle was owned by the Sinclairs until 1898. During the First World War it was used as an ammunition store. It passed into state care in 1955. It is now maintained by Historic Scotland.


Other Castles in the Area
  Aberdour Castle, Fife
  Balgonie Castle, Fife
  Balvaird Castle, Perth and Kinross
  Blackness Castle, Falkirk
  Burleigh Castle, Perth and Kinross
  Collairnie Castle, Fife
  Craigmillar Castle, Lothian
  Dairsie Castle, Fife
  Dalkeith Palace, Midlothian
  Denmylne Castle, Fife
  Dirleton Castle, Lothian
  Dundas Castle, Lothian
  Edinburgh Castle, City of Edinburgh
  Falkland Palace, Fife
  Fa'side Castle, East Lothian
  Fernie Castle, Fife
  Kellie Castle, Fife
  Lauriston Castle, Lothian
  Liberton Tower, Lothian
  Lochleven Castle, Perth and Kinross
  Lochore Castle, Fife
  Lordscairnie Castle, Fife
  Merchiston Castle, Lothian
  Myres Castle, Fife
  Newark Castle, Fife







Newark Castle
Ravenscraig Castle SE walls. The view of the SE walls from the shoreline.

Photograph by Osclay. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Newark Castle
Ravenscraig Castle, the Nether Graveyard, and the Firth of Forth.

Photograph by Paul McIlroy. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)


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