Castle Roy is one of the oldest castles of its type in Scotland unique in that it is largely unaltered, whilst most other castles have been extensively modified over the centuries. The castle is thought to have been built at some point in the early 13th century, replacing an earlier wooden motte and bailey keep of Norman influenced design. In accordance with its early design it is one of Scotland’s simplest forts consisting of four curtain walls, about 7 ft. thick, forming a square. Presumably the walls defended a number of timber buildings which have since disappeared. One theory is that Castle Roy was built by James, son of the Earl of Mar, in 1226, after having receiving the title of Lord of Abernethy from King Alexander II. It may have become a residence of the powerful Comyn family, rivals of the famed King Robert the Bruce.

In 1548 the Castle was named in the Charter of the Earldom of Moray and therefore possibly it was still in use, although in the era of gunpowder will only have been of use as a fortified shelter.

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

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Andy Schwarz (7 months ago)
Definitely worth the drive. This is a picturesque ruin in a gorgeous setting
Mona R (7 months ago)
I came across Castle Roy by accident. We have traveled extensively in Scotland. But Castle Roy touched my heart. you can feel how much love is put into the work here. And of course I fell in love with Murdo too. We went back to the castle today on our last day in Scotland.
Brad Sears (8 months ago)
Murdo and Buster!!!! That’s all I can say. Castle Roy was great too!
Grégoire Marcel (8 months ago)
I had the chance to meet Murdo, his best friend Buster, and their amazing care giver (not in the pics, sadly)! That was an incredible experience. If I'm ever in the area, you'll know where to find me!
David Johnson (8 months ago)
Quiet spot for some off grid campervaning, just leave a donation.
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