A-Z Challenge 2012 - G
|Glenbuchat Castle - 2007|
Glenbuchat Castle sits on a bluff above the River Don, near Kildrummy in Aberdeenshire. The Z-plan castle has a rectangular central tower with two square towers at diagonally opposing corners.
The castle was built in 1590 to mark the wedding of John Gordon of Cairnbarrow and his wife Helen. A later John Gordon, known as ‘Old Glenbucket’ (an older spelling) supported the Jacobite cause and became a hero of the Jacobite Risings.
So far my posts have managed to include ghostly hauntings. It was the infamy achieved by Old Glenbucket that supposedly haunted the dreams of King George III.
After the sale of the castle in 1738 the castle fell into disrepair. Purchased by James Barclay in 1901, it was handed to the state in 1946. The main spiral staircase to the castle’s upper levels has been restored.
Glenbuchat is usually unmanned and access to a viewing platform erected across the central area is restricted. Visitors may however explore the first floor and the vaulted ground-floor rooms.
However if you wanted to see Scotland’s most haunted castle then you should go to Glamis which I wrote about here in November 2010.
Hilary Melton-Butcher's Castle for F - Framlingham Castle Suffolk
- Glenbuchat Castle 2007; By Stanley Howe; Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license; Geograph Project collection.