Well, for those of you that may not have noticed (how?!) my friend and I are still avidly and intrepidly visiting more ruins, and some intact places of castles – and other stately homes and historic places of interest – pretty much every week.
Hello, my name is Alison and I’m a ruinaholic. I see them everywhere, last week I was supposed to be going on a shopping jaunt (albeit via some country roads, not in a city) and I had yet another, ‘Stop the Car, there’s a Castle!’ moment. I haven’t managed to identify this castle ruin yet, but I likes it very much (gollum). I think my Mum was much amused by my knee high wet, grassy walk along the road to see it though.
I’ve thought about what pictures I could add here, ‘cos you know, I practically never go anywhere without my camera, but I just can’t choose what to show. I’m also loath to mention some, as they are dangerous ruins to visit anyway and I don’t want to encourage the wrong people to see them (not you guys, honest).
What I’ve decided is to mention a few, well, mentionable ones:
- Kinnaird Head Castle, now Kinnaird Head Lighthouse (yes, I did say lighthouse.) A stark murder of a castle, which is what I’d like to do to the person who painted it, but great views of the sea, an interesting wine tower, and there is also the Lighthouse Museum to visit.
- Delgatie Castle. A bit of strange, though no less lovely sight, this castle has had many additions, but is still in private family hands. Very interesting collection, dizzying staircase, and the most beautifully intact Regency rooms I have ever seen. Lovely dovecote too.
- Dunnottar Castle. Ruined, but what a ruin! Breathtaking location, very hard climb, but great place to visit.
- Aden House (and Country Park). A now ruined 19th century mansion house, the ruin is a little manicured for my taste, but it is interesting to view the layout, and the country park is lovely. Also home to an interesting farming museum in the old stables.
- Deer Abbey. A bit of a remote one, but worth the visit. Lovely, fairly extensive ruin of an abbey, set curiously in what looks like a much later walled garden. Also has very friendly sheep.
Well, that’s all for the moment folks!