Almond Castle is a ruined L-plan castle dating from the 15th century. The estate originally belonged to the Crawford family, and they built the castle in about 1470. In about 1540 it passed by marriage to the Livingstones, who built an extension at the south west. They also built an extension along the south east wall in 1586. When James Livingstone was created Baron Livingstone of Almond in 1633 the castle’s name was changed to Almond from Haining. After the Jacobite rising of 1715 the castle was forfeited to the crown by the Livingstone Earls of Callendar. It was abandoned in the 1750s. In 1783 the ruin was sold to William Forbes by the York Buildings Company.

The ruin has a vaulted basement. The hall was on the first floor, while there is a kitchen in the wing. There is a courtyard, with a wall and ditch, enclosing the remains of 16th-century buildings. The castle was four storeys and a garret high. The entrance, on the long south east face, gave access to the first floor.



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Founded: c. 1470
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom

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Billy Mcleary (2 years ago)
Nice place for a walk
Paul Smith (2 years ago)
Dont get me wrong its not the most amazing castle but its a lovely place off the canal
The Society of John De Graeme (2 years ago)
Ancient castle in the remains of an old brick works.. Sadly the castle has seen better days Use extreme caution upon entering the castle it is extremely unstable and it is highly recommended you do not enter The nearby woodland is a hotspot in spring for bluebells...
Louise O'Brien (2 years ago)
Not much to see, a true ruin but it’s ok and there’s a nice church nearby and walk along the canal
Charlie Gray Beard (2 years ago)
Great hospitality and the food service is second to none, try a dip in the union pool. This historic castle offer unbeatable views from the roof but wheelchair accessibility needs to be improved
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