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Castle Sinclair Girnigoe, Wick

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Castle Sinclair Girnigoe is a castle located about 3 miles north of Wick on the east coast of Caithness, Scotland, United Kingdom. It is considered to be one of the earliest seats of Clan Sinclair.HistoryIn its earliest incarnation, Castle Sinclair Girnigoe was known only as Castle Girnigoe. It was built by William Sinclair, the 2nd Earl of Caithness, probably sometime between 1476 and 1496, but before his death at the Battle of Flodden in 1513.There are some indications that the castle was built upon the foundations of an earlier fortalice. sourceIn 1577, George Sinclair, the 4th Earl of Caithness imprisoned his own son John, Master of Caithness in Castle Sinclair Girnigoe, on suspicion of rebelling against his rule. He was held there for seven years, after which his father fed him a diet of salted beef, with nothing to drink, so that he eventually died insane from thirst. sourceThe castle was extended in 1606, with new structures consisting of a gatehouse and other buildings surrounded by a curtain wall, these connected to rest of the castle by a drawbridge over a rock-cut ravine. At this time, the Earl of Caithness obtained official permission, in an Act of Parliament, to change the name from Castle Girnigoe to Castle Sinclair. However, both names remained in use.
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  • Really lovely scenic walk. Interesting information board. Can't beat the Scottish coast line for its history. 
  • Amazing antiquity overlooking the sweeping Sinclair bay. The information boards give a thorough explanation of the historical relevance of these crumbling building remains on top of the cliffs on Noss...  more »
  • This is an interesting visit, but please be careful around the ruin. People have obviously tried to see more and safety fences/scaffolding poles that have been put in place to prevent access to certai...  more »