Friday, November 30, 2012

Celebrating St. Andrew's Day - From the River Dee to Glen Coe

The celebration continues for St. Andrew's Day with more castles!   Above is the River Dee, lending its name to Royal Deeside along the Castle Trail in Aberdeenshire.

From Wikipedia,  

Drum Castle is a castle near Drumoak in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. For centuries it was the seat of the chief of Clan Irvine.   The place-name Drum is derived from Gaelic druim, 'ridge'.   The castle and its grounds were granted to William de Irwyn in 1325 by Robert the Bruce, and remained in the possession of Clan Irvine until 1975. William de Irwyn (of the Irvings of Bonshaw clan) was armour bearer/secretary (and neighbor) to King Robert the Bruce. Drum played a role in the Covenanting Rebellion (as did nearby Muchalls Castle) leading to its being attacked and sacked three times.

From Wikipedia,

Castle Fraser is the most elaborate Z-plan castle in Scotland and one of the grandest 'Castles of Mar'. It is located near Kemnay in the Aberdeenshire region of Scotland. The castle stands in over 300 acres (1.2 km2) of landscaped grounds, woodland and farmland which includes a walled kitchen garden of the 19th century. There is archaeological evidence of an older square tower dating from around 1400 or 1500 within the current construction.

Elsewhere in the Highlands, history defines the crumbling castles.   From Wikipedia,

Dunnottar Castle (Scottish Gaelic: Dùn Fhoithear, "fort on the shelving slope" is a ruined medieval fortress .... Dunnottar has played a prominent role in the history of Scotland through to the 18th-century Jacobite risings ... Dunnottar is best known as the place where the Honours of Scotland, the Scottish crown jewels, were hidden from Oliver Cromwell's invading army in the 17th century. The property of the Keiths from the 14th century, and the seat of the Earl Marischal, Dunnottar declined after the last Earl forfeited his titles by taking part in the Jacobite rebellion of 1715.

From Historic Scotland at this link,

Edzell was home to the Lindsays. When they acquired the estate in 1358, the lordly seat was a timber residence beside the ancient church. During the 16th century, they built a brand-new castle a short distance away – the one we admire today. The ‘icing on the cake’ of their new residence was the wonderful ‘great garden’, added in 1604.

However, the garden’s most arresting and original features are its four enclosing walls, which display a series of unique carved panels. These portray the Seven Cardinal Virtues, the Seven Liberal Arts and the Seven Planetary Deities. Sir David’s intention was clearly to provide a stimulus both for the mind and the senses. His garden is unique in Europe and gives the castle a distinctive place in the art history of the European Renaissance.

From Historic Scotland,

Elgin Cathedral is affectionately known as the ‘Lantern of the North’. From the time of its construction in the first half of the 13th century, through to the time of its demise at the Reformation in 1560, this monumentally impressive building dominated the flat and fertile Laich of Moray. The proud boast by one of its former bishops, Alexander Bur (1362–97), that his cathedral was ‘the ornament of the realm, the glory of the kingdom’ is certainly borne out by a visit to this beautiful site.

Do you have a favorite place from today's posts?  One randomly selected commenter from this week's posts wins a book choice from my convention stash.  This giveaway is open to all readers. Comments are open through Saturday, December 8, 10 pm in Hawaii.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, December 9.


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Above is the Glen Coe.  From Wikipedia, 

Early in the morning of 13 February 1692, in the aftermath of the Glorious Revolution and the Jacobite uprising of 1689 led by John Graham of Claverhouse, a massacre took place in Glen Coe, in the Highlands of Scotland. This incident is referred to as the Massacre of Glencoe, or in Scottish Gaelic Mort Ghlinne Comhann (murder of Glen Coe).  Thirty-eight MacDonalds from the Clan MacDonald of Glencoe were killed by the guests who had accepted their hospitality, on the grounds that the MacDonalds had not been prompt in pledging allegiance to the new monarchs, William and Mary. Another forty women and children died of exposure after their homes were burned.


  1. Great pics,
    Ove the maze pics thanks

  2. I like the drum castle and also the gardens at Edzell - but they are all interesting!

  3. Dunnottar Castle is my fave. The view must be amazing.

  4. Dunnotar is my favorite of these. I am really enjoying the tour of castles.

  5. Beautiful pics Kim. I'm always amazed by these pics that you post. The castle ruins are definitely a sight to behold.

  6. Never knew about them until now! But the Elgin Cathedral looks superb and stunning. I'd love love love to see it for myself one day.

  7. All these places are amazing, but I have to say my heart leans towards the crumbling ones. My imagination can see them clearly in their prime with all the bustle of activity going on in and around them. I'd also love to spend several hours walking in the garden at Edzell soaking in everything.

  8. I like the Great Garden at the Edzell.

  9. Drum Castle is my pick and the gardens at Edzell.

  10. All amazing photos... I like Castle Fraser... Just because I am a big outlander fan. :)

  11. I think Dunnottar Castle looks very interesting, though they all would be fun to visit.