Top Historic Sights in Drymen, United Kingdom

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Buchanan Castle

Buchanan Castle is a ruined country house in Stirlingshire. The house was commissioned by James Graham, 4th Duke of Montrose and built in 1852-1858 as a home for the Montrose family, serving as such until 1925. It was built as a replacement for Buchanan Auld House, which is located 0.8 km to the northwest but was destroyed in a fire in 1852. The old house and surrounding lands had been the property of the Clan Buchanan bu ...
Founded: 1852 | Location: Drymen, United Kingdom

Dalnair House

Dalnair Castle, also known as Dalnair House, is a Scottish baronial castle. It was built for a Glaswegian merchant named Thomas Brown around 1884 on the site of the former much smaller Endrickbank House. The property survived a major fire that engulfed it in 1917. At the time of the fire the building belonged to Henry Christie, a calico printer, who owned it until the 1940s. The castle then passed into the hands of the ...
Founded: 1884 | Location: Drymen, United Kingdom

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La Iruela Castle

The castle of La Iruela, small but astonishing, is located on the top of a steep crag in Sierra de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas Natural Park. From the castle, impressive views of the surrounding area and of the town can be enjoyed.

The keep dates from the Christian era. It has a square base and small dimensions and is located at the highest part of the crag.

There are some other enclosures within the tower that create a small alcázar which is difficult to access.

In a lower area of the castle, protected with defensive remains of rammed earth and irregular masonry, is an old Muslim farmstead.

After a recent restoration, an open-air theater has been built on La Iruela castle enclosure. This theater is a tribute to the Greek and Classic Eras and holds various artistic and cultural shows throughout the year.

History

The first traces of human activity in La Iruela area are dated from the Copper Age. An intense occupation continued until the Bronze Age.

Originally, La Iruela (like Cazorla) was a modest farmstead. From the 11th century, a wall and a small fortress were built on the hill to protect the farmers.

Around 1231, don Rodrigo Ximénez de Rada, Archbishop of Toledo, conquered La Iruela and made it part of the Adelantamiento de Cazorla. Over the Muslim fortress, the current fortress was built.

Once the military use of the fortress ended, it was used as cemetery.