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Auchindoun Castle, Dufftown

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Auchindoun Castle is a 15th-century L-Plan tower castle located in Auchindoun near Dufftown in Moray, Scotland.While there is evidence of prehistoric, probably Pictish earthworks in the grounds of the castle, the remains most visible today are of the castle constructed in the mid-15th century by Robert Cochrane (later to become an Earl of Mar (1458–79). It was passed to the Clan Ogilvy in 1489 and from them to the Clan Gordon in 1535.An extension is known to have been added in the 16th century by the Gordons before the Ogilvys reclaimed it in 1594, it having been destroyed by the Clan MacKintosh in 1592 in retaliation for the 6th Earl George Gordon, 1st Marquess of Huntly's killing of The Bonny Earl O'Moray, their ally. Following the Restoration of Charles II, the castle was again awarded to the Marquis of Huntly.In 1689, during the first Jacobite rising, the castle was used as a temporary headquarters (on 6-7 June 1689) by Viscount Dundee and his Jacobite army. However, the castle was derelict by 1725. Stones taken from the castle have been used in local farm buildings and nearby Balvenie Castle. While standing, the castle had a large central tower and high curtain wall. Supporting buildings including a stable, brewery and bakery stood inside the wall. A second round tower guarded the northwest corner of the compound. Cellars and possibly dungeons were dug directly into the bedrock beneath the tower. Today much of the curtain wall and some of the outbuildings remain, but the central tower itself is very dilapidated.
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  • Lovely ruin with a pleasant walk up to the castle from the car park has fantastic views of surrounding countryside. An unmanned property definitely worth a visit  more »
  • Well worth the half mile trek from the car park through a wooded area and sheep farm. The ruins are magnificent and the views from the castle are spectacular.  more »
  • After a bumpy road and a county walk, the castle is fantastic, real ruin but amazing to see, well worth finding  more »
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  • Beautiful castle. Stunning landscape. Glorious sunshine. We enjoyed a journey on the Keith & Dufftown Railway and then opted for a taxi (with the amazing Dufftown Taxis) to avoid the 3.5mile walk with tired children and then enjoyed a picnic and games at the castle playing hie and seek and trumps. A great family and friends day out. Highly recommended.
  • Fantastic dominant position - remains in good condition- offers real dramatic photography options in a variety of weather conditions
  • Lovely views and beautiful ruin worth a visit
  • muddy walk to it from the car park so advise suitable shoes but worth it in the end beautiful castle to visit plus the views are nice too :).
  • Beautiful place

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