A Tower, a Chapel, a Kitchen and the Sky

the wine tower

I mentioned a visit to The Wine Tower, Fraserburgh’s oldest building, in a previous post here. During a recent Doors Open Day it was… open! Inside we go:

wine tower interior

There was no humming and hawing from our guide as there sometimes is in official written histories of the place. The topmost room of the wine tower was a 16th century (post Reformation) Catholic Chapel owned by the Frasers of the nearby castle. The carving you can see above depicts Christ’s hands and feet. The one below is the Fraser crest, held by an ostrich.

Fraser crest

There seems to have been little or no exploration of the two lower rooms, the middle one can only be reached via this hatch:

trap door!

The old castle kitchens were also open for dark and creepy viewing:

15192168309_056bffa029_z meat hook

Further up the coast on the way to Rattray beach, we came upon another church. The 13th century St. Mary’s Chapel had these very interesting steps. I skipped up them…

pirate steps

and down the other side…

smugglers steps

I later found out that they are known as ‘Pirate steps’. Pirates and smugglers were not permitted to pass through the gates of a kirkyard, but presumably were allowed to attend church.

Let’s end on an Autumnal painted sky sunset.

sunset

16 thoughts on “A Tower, a Chapel, a Kitchen and the Sky

  1. Does this mean it was public knowledge when a person was a smuggler? You’d think that would be a secret career, otherwise wouldn’t they just get arrested?

    • This area of coastline was rife with smuggling, so much so that many may have depended upon it for a livelihood. Maybe there was a lot of turning a blind eye? There’s also a legend of pirate treasure associated with Rattray.

    • Depends on your own interests. I go out of my way to find stone circles and castles… Rattray is up a terribly rough road, you’d have to really want to see it. We were travelling by to the beach (also great!)

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