The Peel of Lumphanan is a defensive structure dating back to the 13th century. The peel comprises a mound or motte, surrounded by two concentric ditches separated by a bank. On the top of the mound are the remains of a  wall, and the foundations of a house. The entrance was probably located to the west. The lower half of the motte consists of a natural mound; it was heightened when the castle was built.

A motte on this site is thought to have been in existence at the time of the Battle of Lumphanan. This battle was fought nearby in 1057, between King Macbeth and the future King Malcolm III. Macbeth was killed, and Macbeth's Stone, upon which he is said to have been beheaded, is located 300 metres to the south-west.

The present mound was constructed in the 13th century by the De Lundin family, who later adopted the name Durward from their hereditary position of royal ushers or door-wards. Sir John de Melville paid homage to Edward I of England at the peel in 1296. The original ramparts may have been of turf rather than stone. The rectangular foundation is that of Halton House, which was built in the 15th century by Thomas Charteris of Kinfauns. The circular wall, originally thought to have been the curtain wall of a shell keep, was discovered through excavation in the 1970s to be of 18th-century date.

The site is under the guardianship of Historic Scotland, and is protected as a scheduled monument. It is considered to be of national importance as 'a good surviving example of an earthwork castle with water-filled outer defences.'



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Founded: 13th century
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in United Kingdom


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Bruno Korpela (3 years ago)
This place was my lifelong obsession. The King of Scotland, (Sahkespeares Play: Macbeth) was killed here in year 1057. And...that is why I had to visit here in year 2007. So...remarkable little hill for me. But there are also some other signs about Macbeth in Lumphanan willage.
Jacquelyn Mobbs (3 years ago)
Not easy to find but interesting
Emily (3 years ago)
If weather's good take a picnic. Nice spot for kids to run about.
Poppy Y (3 years ago)
great fun for a walk, very boggy though so bring your wellies
Ruaridh Yates (3 years ago)
it is a wonderful little hill perfect for walks with the dog, but make sure to not fall in the bog!
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