Gilbertfield Castle is within the former barony of Drumsagard, which was a possession of the Hamiltons. The castle was built in the early 17th century, and the date 1607 is displayed on a heraldic panel above the door. The castle was later lived in, around the turn of the 18th century, by William Hamilton of Gilbertfield (1665-1751), a retired soldier and writer.

Gilbertfield is a well-planned L-plan tower house. The stair tower, which projects to the north, was large enough to accommodate a series of rooms as well as a square turnpike stair.

The basement level was vaulted, and contained cellars and a kitchen, which had a large fireplace and oven. A service stair connected the basement with the hall above. The hall itself had a smaller fireplace, as well as large windows with gunloops in between. Above the hall were two further floors, each with three rooms; two in the main block, and one in the wing. At the highest level, the garret, two round turrets projected at the south-east and north-west corners. There was no parapet.

The castle is now a neglected ruin, the east wall having collapsed in the 1950s. Only the corbelling of the north-west turret remains.which fell down in the late 1960s. It is now deemed extremely dangerous as a lot of the brick work has fallen each year. The turret fell in the 1970s.



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brian cummiskey (12 months ago)
Now in a pretty dangerous looking state. I visit every now and then, and the last time I was there I could still venture inside, but now there has been a half hearted attempt to fence it off. It looks as if there has been another fall in, so it's best to stay outside of the fence. It'll be a real shame if it does eventually collapse, it dates back to the 17th century and was very picturesque in its day, and it still can be, it looks great during the Winter surrounded by snow. A few of my photos show it a few years ago, the one with the bike in front of the ruin was from then. Still a lovely old ruin and a nice place to visit, but new houses have encroached and changed the whole landscape. How much longer it will stay standing is anyone's guess. It's been a great feature of the local countryside since way back, maybe someone with a Grand Design will step in and save it.
Andrew Garman (12 months ago)
No access to ruin directly as fenced off in farmers field. Can be viewed from the east & south on a small public track, however west is the farm & north is owned by the MOD so no access to these areas
Bscotland (2 years ago)
History blows through you like a warm breeze so many questions like how did I not know about this wonderful place until after 20 years living 7 miles away. Wonderful drive great people and child friendly Ghosts.
Caroline Hamilton (2 years ago)
Was nice to see the castle although its in a military base and you cant get close. But there was loads of happy friendly horses happy to meet us. As the grounds are privately owned the gate can get locked and your car may get locked. I would suggest parking out with the land at the new houses being built. Also theres a nice park aprox half a mile down the road which is a nice visit
Meg (3 years ago)
Once a beautiful building but sadly crumbling away.
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