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 Castles of Scotland - Balvenie Castle






Location
Dufftown, Moray, Scotland

Description
Balvenie Castle is in Glen Fiddich (whisky country) about a mile north of Dufftown. It was built as a heavily fortified castle with thick defensive walls a wide ditch and defensive towers. Under the Stewarts in the 16th century elegant residential living areas were added to the castle. It fell into disrepair in the 18th century. Although in ruins today, you can still see impressive features of the building.

History
It was built in the 1200s and originally owned by the Comyns who were wiped out by Robert the Bruce in his fight for power in Scotland. At some stage in the 1400s the castle was taken over by the Black Douglases who were overthrown by King James II who gave the castle to his own relatives. Mary Queen of Scots visited in 1562. The castle was abandoned in 1720.


Other Castles in the Area
  Auchindoun Castle, Moray
  Ballindalloch Castle, Moray
  Burgie Castle, Moray
  Drumin Castle, Moray
  Duffus Castle, Moray
  Findlater Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Fordyce Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Glenbuchat Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Huntly Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Kildrummy Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Spynie Palace, Moray







Spynie Palace
Balvenie Castle at Dufftown, next door to the Glenfiddich Distillery.

Photograph by Andrew Stuart. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)


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