Auchterhouse Castle

Dundee, United Kingdom

Auchterhouse Castle is a 13th century castle located northwest of Dundee, Angus. The original castle was enclosed with walls, towers, and contained a keep. The castle may have been in ownership of the Ramsay family, who were hereditary Sheriffs of Angus. Sir William Wallace is alleged to have stayed at the castle and one its towers was named in his honour. King Edward I of England spent the night of the 20 July 1303 at the castle. The castle came into the possession of James Erskine, 7th Earl of Buchan who may have built the 17th century tower house.

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom

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Joe Robertson (2 years ago)
A nice wee castle to visit just off the A92 at the Claypotts Traffic Lights. Sadly I can't say much about the internal of this small castle - it was closed because of Covid-19 restrictions!
Gillian Troughton (2 years ago)
Quirky. Although you can only currently visit the outside, the explanatorary board gives lots of information. A QR code link gives access to lots more and some internal views.
Laiyee Jamieson (2 years ago)
Nice little castle in an unexpected place, in a residential area next to private houses!
David Stewart (2 years ago)
Unexpectedly located beautiful tower house right on the main road is into town
John Wallace (3 years ago)
We like to see historical places. This is a good example.
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