Pitsligo Castle and Peathill Kirk

Pitsligo Castle

Crows nest in the old keep of Pitsligo Castle near the village of Rosehearty in Aberdeenshire. Dating from 1424, it’s an impressive and atmospheric place. The Forbes family who built it, staunch Jacobite supporters, lost their lands and titles after the battle of Culloden. The castle was then ravaged by Hanoverian soldiers and fell into ruin. Read more on the Pitsligo Castle Trust website.

The oldest part of the castle, the keep or tower:

the towerhouse tower

Many of the rooms round the rubble filled courtyard remain intact. The evening sun added bright effects on this visit.

gun hole

A large bird flew out of here. It was all very ‘Game of Thrones’…

dark room

Here and there the sky shows through chimneys, windows and decayed stairwells.

the kitchen chimney

window

stairway

The gateway:

daffodils

sungate

Just up the hill is Peathill Kirk where old and new towers stand side by side (and phone reception is great).

phone tower, bell tower

Ghosts of Jacobites lurk here too.

grave

plaque

And who knows what lurks underground? It’s locked…

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The two sites make a trip up Peathill most worthwhile; they would been used and inhabited at the same time and offer an evocative glimpse into the past.

After writing this post I read up on Lord Pitsligo, whose castle this was and who is buried under the place pictured in that last photo and I wrote some more: In Search of Lord Pitsligo’s Cave and then over on The Witch, The Weird and the Wonderful!

17 thoughts on “Pitsligo Castle and Peathill Kirk

  1. Hi Ailish, great photographs, thanks for sharing. I’ve long been a fan of Lord Pitsligo of the ’45, whom I’ve written up in my Jacobite books and here on my blog a few months back.

    http://www.maggiecraig.co.uk/blog/?p=95

    Would it be OK with you for me to link this blog to your pix here?

    Snowing in our part of north-east Scotland this afternoon at the end of April!

  2. And who knows what lurks underground? It’s locked…(Last Photo)
    This is the tomb where the famous Jacobite ‘Lord Pitsligo’ is laid to rest.

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