Dunbeath Castle, Caithness, Scotland (with Map & Photos)

Dunbeath Castle - Scottish castle, which is located on the east coast of the historic region of Caithness, 2 km south of the village of Dunbeath, in the north of Scotland. Although the castle has stood here since the 15th century, the modern manor was built in the 17th century, and the annexes to the building in the 19th century. The estate is owned by Stuart Windmum Murray-Trapeland. Today the castle is closed to the public as it remains the private residence of the current owner.

Dunbeath Castle
Dunbeath Castle

History


Dunbeath Castle, Scotland

The first records of the castle appeared on the rocky peninsula at Dunbeath in 1428, when the land was owned by the Earl of Caithness. The first ruler of the castle and the surrounding territories, according to the records in the annals, was Alexander Sutherland. The castle later became the property of the Sinclair clan, due to the marriage of Alexander Sutherland's daughter to William Sinclair (1410-1484), the first of the Sinclair to become Earl of Caithness.

Dunbeath Castle
Dunbeath Castle

In March 1650, Dunbeath was attacked by the royalist forces of James Graham, 1st Marquis of Montrose, during the Three Kingdoms War. Sir John Sinclair traveled to Edinburgh to warn of Montrose's arrival, leaving his wife to defend Dunbeath from Sir John Harry. She soon surrendered, and a royal garrison was established in the fortress. Montrose was defeated in April at the Battle of Carbisdale, and opposition forces led by David Leslie reclaimed the castle.

Dunbeath Castle
Dunbeath Castle

The castle was reconstructed in the 17th century by Sir William Sinclair, and then in 1853 and 1881, when the architect of the estate was David Bryce. From 1894 to 1945, the castle belonged to Vice Admiral Sir Edwin Alexander-Sinclair. That year, after 325 years of ownership by the Sinclair family, the castle was sold to Bertram Curry. In 1967 it was sold to Harry Blythe and Helen (Sinclair) Blythe. The castle remained in their possession until 1976, when it was sold to Ray Stanton Avery. In 1997, the Dunbeath Castle was sold to Stuart Windmum Murray Trapeland. Today the castle remains a private residence and is not open to the public.

Dunbeath Castle
Dunbeath Castle

Description


The oldest part of the Dunbeath Castle is located in the southwest corner of the entire building, mainly from the 17th century. More modern annexes were created in the north and east of the estate, in the style of the Barons of Scotland, to match the earlier building. The interiors have been greatly changed compared to the older building. The defensive site was reinforced by a dry ditch on land that crosses the narrow promontory on which the castle stands.

Dunbeath Castle Map