Creich Castle is a ruined tower house. There is a mention of a castle on the property in the 13th century, but it is uncertain what relationship that has to the existing structures. There is documentary evidence of a tower in 1553, but the existing structure either postdates that or has been heavily remodeled, judging by its architectural style.

The first surviving records that mention Craich show that it was held by the MacDuff, Earls of Fife and they were probably the builders of the first Creich Castle. The land was subsequently owned by the Liddel family until they forfeited it when charged with treason. The Beaton family purchased it in 1503 and the property has been linked with David Betoun of Creich, Cardinal David Beaton, a 16th century Archbishop of St Andrews, and Mary Bethune. The existing ruins date from the 16th century.

The castle is 1.7 km south of the River Tay and is located in a depression surrounded by higher ground on all sides. The lower ground immediately surrounding the tower complex was formerly marsh, some of which still survives, which would have improved its defensibility. The tower house is L-shaped. The main block is three storeys tall, although the wing has a height of four storeys. The walls are whin rubble with ashlar dressings. Over the stair tower is a heavily corbelled cornice for the parapet walk. The upper floors are inaccessible and in bad repair.

The tower was likely enclosed in a courtyard as there are the remains of a small round tower 20 yards west typical of those found at gateways or, less frequently, barmkins. The nearby Creich Castle Doocot or dovecote, dating to 1723, is category A listed. It is rectangular in shape with two interior chambers.



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