Saturday Saunter: Castles

Good Saturday to you,

Welcome to another Saturday Saunter, this time being written long in advance on a sunny August day. Our theme today is ten favourite castles, mostly in Scotland, one in England. I particularly like ruined castles and understandably this list has seven of them. In no particular order, then, we’ll start with…

Stirling Castle: looking over an esplanade towards a statue, gatehouse, flagpoles, a grey castle and golden great hall.
Stirling Castle: looking over an esplanade towards a statue, gatehouse, flagpoles, a grey castle and golden great hall.

Stirling – my favourite big castle with an incredible view across much of central Scotland. It has some beautiful buildings and gardens but the view wins.

Blackness – another place with a great view up and down the Firth of Forth. It was a royal prison designed to look like the prow of a ship.

Tantallon Castle: a ruined castle in red sandstone with a central tower, crenellated battlements and towers at either side. Grass is in the foreground and a dovecot is to the left.
Tantallon Castle: a ruined castle in red sandstone with a central tower, crenellated battlements and towers at either side. Grass is in the foreground and a dovecot is to the left.

Tantallon – a proper ruined castle on a cliff. Red sandstone with an unrivalled view to the Bass Rock and over East Lothian as far as St. Abbs Head.

Hailes Castle – another East Lothian castle, under Traprain Law and by the mighty river Tyne. It once belonged to the Earl of Bothwell. It’s a nice, chilled out place.

Dunbar – a ruin seen from below. Not much left but it’s iconic and near where I grew up. Quite an incredible history.

Dunstanburgh – a dramatic ruin on a cliff in Northumberland between Craster and Embleton. It’s all about the setting.

Culzean – another place about the setting. Great views with a beautiful building and gardens.

Doune Castle: a brown sandstone castle tower house with an extension to the right with a black roof.
Doune Castle: a brown sandstone castle tower house with an extension to the right with a black roof.

Doune – I like Doune. It has links to Monty Python and Outlander. It’s a nice ruin over a river. We have a few of those, like Bothwell.

St Andrews Castle: a ruined castle edifice with a tower prominent on the right and a drawbridge leading into the centre.
St Andrews Castle: a ruined castle edifice with a tower prominent on the right and a drawbridge leading into the centre.

St. Andrews – St. Andrews Castle has a great edifice, looking like a proper castle. It is by the sea. There’s a mine and countermine to explore.

Caerlaverock – a proper castle with a moat and towers. It’s in the middle of a nature reserve not far from the border.

Anyway, that is the Saturday Saunter for today, Saturday 18th September 2021. Thanks for reading. Streets of Glasgow is back on Wednesday. No Saturday Saunter next week so this will be back in a fortnight. Until next time, mar sin leibh.

2 thoughts on “Saturday Saunter: Castles

  1. Alli Templeton

    An outstanding post, Kev. You won’t be surprised to know I thoroughly enjoyed your list of great castles. Some excellent Scottish examples that will go on my ‘to-do’ list, and I’ve wanted to go to Caerlverock for years. Nice to see Dunstanburgh up there too. It is, indeed, in the most fabulous setting, and I loved my time there when we went back at last in July. Great stuff!

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