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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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  • Very difficult to find for my part (longer airport on the right across the fields, direction of the lighthouse). But once there, I was alone in the Castle. What panorama and what a view! Truly amazing!
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  • I loved this castle. We visited it on a gloriously sunny day. We included it in a stunning coastal path walk, which originated from Staxigoe Harbour. Really interesting castle. Glorious sea views. Ple...  read more »
  • Fascinating, with no crowds. We were the only visitors, visiting in May on a sunny day. Be very cautious with young children, as some of the barriers to the cliffs had been vandalized and the gates fo...  read more »
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