Dunnideer Castle

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Dunnideer Castle

Dunnideer Castle, now ruined, was a tower house located near Insch, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It was built c.1260 partially from the remains of an existing vitrified hill fort in the same location. It consisted of a single rectangular tower of 15m by 12.5m with walls 1.9m thick. Evidence suggests that a first-floor hall existed. Evidence shows it had several floors.[1]

The tower house is built within an older prehistoric vitrified hillfort dating to c250 BC, excavated by Dr Murray Cook of Rampart Scotland.[2]

The prehistoric fort and tower house is a scheduled monument.[3]


  1. ^ RCAHMS. "Dunnideer Castle, Site Number NJ62NW 1 (18128)". Canmore. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  2. ^ Cook, M. (2010), "New Light on Oblong Forts: excavations at Dunnideer, Aberdeenshire", Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 140, pp. 79–82. 
  3. ^ "Hill of Dunnideer, fort, platform settlement and tower". Historic Environment Scotland. Retrieved 3 October 2016. 

Coordinates: 57°20′32″N 2°38′46″W / 57.34222°N 2.64611°W / 57.34222; -2.64611