Inverallochy Castle

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Ruins of Inverallochy Castle

Inverallochy Castle is a ruined courtyard castle near the village of Inverallochy in the Buchan area of north-east Scotland. It lies 0.5 miles (0.80 km) south of Cairnbulg Castle near Fraserburgh. It was described by W. Douglas Simpson as one of the nine castles of the Knuckle, referring to the rocky headland of north-east Aberdeenshire.[1]

The remains of buildings are arranged around three sides of a courtyard, with a curtain wall across the south side. A tower in the north-east corner remains largely to its full height, while the remaining curtain wall stands up to 10m high. The internal walls have largely collapsed. Evidence of a larger outer courtyard measuring approximately 60 metres (200 ft) square to the north and east remains. The ruins are protected as a scheduled monument. The castle appears to have all been built at one time, and architectural evidence suggests an early 16th-century date. It may have been the work of Sir William Comyn of Inverallochy, who was Lord Lyon in 1512–1519.[2][3]


  1. ^ Simpson, W.D. (1949). "Cairnbulg Castle, Aberdeenshire" (PDF). Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. 83: 32–44.
  2. ^ "Inverallochy Castle". Canmore. Historic Environment Scotland. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  3. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "Inverallochy Castle (SM97)". Retrieved 8 March 2019.

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Coordinates: 57°39′23″N 1°55′59″W / 57.65641°N 1.93308°W / 57.65641; -1.93308