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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 admit I prefer a ruin to a castle filled with furniture. Huntly castle is great for letting the kids use their imagine and there are a few floors and an all important dungeon to explore.. there...  read more »
  • It should be a short stopover, we stayed but a good hour. Because these castle ruins, we had almost to us alone, offers more possibilities than you might think. Can two different staircases that explore Castle and sees only about when to use the old, narrow spiral staircase at least from the first floor to get to the tower. You think, now you see everything, it goes into the basement and can be seen there more beautiful rooms. Also the exterior is interesting.
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  • It is interesting to visit these ruins and imagine how the people at the time lived. We can see the different transformations in 3 or 4 steps on a Panel. This place was supposed to be great before. It's worth the trip!
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  • I loved Huntly Castle. Beautifully situated in the Scottish country side, beautiful colours and just lovely to climb around in.
  • It was snowing when I went, very beautiful
  • Family day out within an hour drive from home. We enjoyed the castle and the clean surroundings, the history behind the castle is rich, although the second floor was closed, as it was still considered dangerous in the winter but I think the family enjoyed the surroundings. My kids loved the jail although a bit scared in the first place but I thought the 2 human-dolls are really good initiative to the young mind. Amazing frontispiece and interior décor, this castle is truly one of the greatest baronial families.
  • I didn't live far from Huntly in 1976, I think it was. I spent hours at the castle, walking around and exploring and taking photos. I guess I'll have to dig those out and post them. I lived in The Parish of Kennethmont, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. I have wonderful memories of the area. I have to admit, tho, that I am glad I wasn't there in winter! The people were very friendly and helpful.
  • Lovely castle. Friendly staff
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