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Huntly Castle, Huntly

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Huntly Castle is a ruined castle in Huntly in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It was the ancestral home of the chief of Clan Gordon, Earl of Huntly.HistoryArchitecturally the L plan castle consists of a well-preserved five-story tower with an adjoining great hall and supporting buildings. Areas of the original ornate facade and interior stonework remain. A mound in the grounds of the castle is all that remains of an earlier 12th century motte. Originally named Strathbogie, the castle was granted to Sir Adam Gordon of Huntly in the 14th century. King Robert the Bruce was a guest of the castle in 1307 prior to his defeat of the Earl of Buchan.It was fired in 1452 by a force under the command of Archibald Douglas, Earl of Moray. In 1449 the king was at war with the powerful Black Douglases, the Gordons stood on the king’s side and, with their men involved in the south of the country, the Earl of Moray, a brother of the Earl of Douglas, took the opportunity to sack the Gordon lands, setting Huntly Castle ablaze. The Gordons returned and quickly destroyed their enemies.Although the castle was burned to the ground, a grander castle was built in its place. In 1496, the pretender to the English throne Perkin Warbeck was married to Lady Catherine Gordon the daughter of George Gordon, 2nd Earl of Huntly, witnessed by King James IV of Scotland at Edinburgh. James IV came to Huntly in October 1501 and gave gifts of money to the stonemasons working on the castle. In October 1503, James IV came again and played in a shooting contest at a "prop", and he came back again in the following October. These visits were part of his annual pilgrimage to the shrine of Saint Duthac at Tain.
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  • I must confess I was a bit disappointed with this ruin. From an architectural viewpoint there is much to take in and see and the connection with my family ancestors was interesting but given its turbu...  more »
  • Huntly Castle is the best ruin we have been in. You have complete access from top to bottom, with an explanation in almost every room of its use. The wooden second floor has been restored so you can w...  more »
  • We spent a good few hours exploring Huntly Castle, well worth a visit. Services on site are limited to a little portacabin ticket office come gift shop though, so if you want food/drink, buy elsewhere...  more »
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  • Outstanding Historic Scotland site with good access and a small well stocked shop tae boot. The Castle itself is an interesting tour of this region's history and many interpretive boards explain this frae ye.
  • Great to walk about the castle kids loved it
  • I was surprised that it cost to enter this castle - I expected it to be free to roam around, therefore, I haven't been able to see what's happening on the inside.
  • Nice place to visit and i recommends anyone to visit it if the weather is 👍
  • Obviously this Castle is going to get 5 stars from me as it holds my Sur Name. Overall, and great castle and must see if you're in the area!

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