Pitsligo Castle

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Pitsligo castle


Pitsligo Castle 01.JPG
Grid reference: NJ937669
Location: 57°41’32"N, 2°6’25"W
Built 15th century
Condition: Ruin

Pitsligo Castle is a ruined castle half a mile east of Rosehearty in Aberdeenshire. It was described by W. Douglas Simpson as one of the nine castles of the Knuckle, referring to the rocky headland of north-east Aberdeenshire.[1]

The castle originated as a 15th-century keep. There is an arched gateway in the west wall of the outer court, with the date 1656 and the arms of the Forbes Family and of the Erskine Family. In the inner court the date is shown as 1663. At the north-east angle of the courtyard there is a tall flanking drum-tower. The main tower had three vaulted stories, but almost all above the lowest has disappeared. There is a stair tower at the north-east corner which is better preserved. There are panels dated 1577 over the courtyard doorway.

The castle is listed by as a scheduled monument.[2]

Outside links


  1. Simpson, W.D. (1949). "Cairnbulg Castle, Aberdeenshire". Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 83: 32–44. http://ads.ahds.ac.uk/catalogue/adsdata/arch-352-1/dissemination/pdf/vol_083/83_032_044.pdf. 
  2. Pitsligo Castle - scheduled monument detail (Historic Environment Scotland)

The Nine Castles of the Knuckle, Aberdeenshire

Cairnbulg CastleDundarg CastleInverallochy CastleKinnaird CastleLonmay CastlePitsligo CastlePittulie CastleCastle of RattrayWinetower