Findlater Castle is the old seat of the Earls of Findlater and Seafield, sitting on a 15m high cliff overlooking the Moray Firth on the coast of Banff and Buchan. The cliffs here contain quartz; the name 'Findlater' is derived not from Norse as earlier stated here, but from the Scots Gaelic words fionn ('white') and leitir ('cliff or steep slope').

The first historical reference to the castle is from 1246. King Alexander III of Scotland repaired this castle in the 1260s in preparation for an invasion by King Haakon IV of Norway. The Vikings took and held the castle for some time. The castle remains that are still there are from the 14th-century rebuilding, when the castle was redesigned based on the Roslyn Castle model.

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

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Keith Ewen (16 months ago)
An outdoor adventure just be very careful of young children
Darya Volkovskaya (16 months ago)
Beautiful location, but very narrow rural roads and quite a walk from the parking. The castle ruins are not massive but the views of the cliffs, the little bay and the sea are spectacular. Make sure to wear the proper hiking boots as the path is very steep in places and can be slippery. Also check the forecast if it's windy it could be dangerous.
Luc Frachon (17 months ago)
Beautiful walk from Cullen to get there. The ruins are pretty but dangerous, be very careful.
Jim Ness (17 months ago)
This has a very unusual look to this castle with it looking like it has been carved into the cliffs. It is a good walk from where you park to the Castle . Just remember that this castle sits at the cliff edge and great care should be taken if you are visiting. Between the car park and the castle is the restored 1500 century Beehive Dovecot which can also be visited
Justin Senior (17 months ago)
A great place to explore with a camera and children. Be careful with small children and dogs as cliffs are steep.
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