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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John Whalen (2 years ago)
Spectacular old fortification. Maintained and looked after by a charitable Trust. Shame historic Scotland could not help more. Well worth a visit. If you have a camper van you can stay there the night.
Arron Lowder (DoubleJump) (2 years ago)
Lovely place to visit, you can have a guided tour of the castle or just stop and meet Murdo the cow!
Emma (2 years ago)
Lovely big highland cow & we was luckily enough to meet his owner !! Wonderful lady - would recommend a visit
Amy Burcher (2 years ago)
Wonderful little tour and beautiful views. Plus Murdo who charmed us completely!!
Maddy Staple (2 years ago)
Very sweet castle, felt like a very genuine piece of history. We visited around sunset and the views were beautiful! And bonus points for Murdo of course.
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