British castles are bursting at the seams with intriguing stories. (Perhaps that’s why so many of their walls have come down!) Here’s a Quick Quiz about five of them.
Castle Stalker in Loch Laich, an inlet off Loch Linnhe just north of Oban.
“It doesn’t immediately attract the eye. Ruined and untidy. No car parks or coffee shops. No manicured lawns and flags flying. Sorry. But this is history in the raw.” Mike Clark visits Pitsligo Castle and tells the tale of the last Laird.
“It’s not often I get email from a monster. And I would have ignored it, had it not contained such a heartfelt plea. But the obvious pain and suffering incurred in the arduous use of the keyboard with webbed feet, brought a tear to my eye.” Mike Clark shares an email from the Loch Ness Monster.
“The North East of Scotland is home to a veritable feast of castles, both restored and in ruins. One which has been restored to its former glory is the Castle of Fyvie.” Mike describes Fyvie Castle, owned and built by five families, including its own stately outhouse…
“What do the adjacent castles of Sinclair and Girnigoe, on the outskirts of Wick, Caithness, have in common with The Valley of the Kings and the Great Wall of China?” How the World Monuments Fund is drawing attention to the imminent collapse of two historic Caithness castles.