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Tillycairn Castle | by arjayempee
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Tillycairn Castle

The damp problem aside for the moment, Tillycairn is actually quite an attractive towerhouse from the outside, vaguely reminiscent of a miniature Craigievar, and because of this comparison, it is sometimes referred to as the ‘bantam-cock’! Like Craigievar it is built on the classic L-plan, with a stair-tower built in the re-entrant, the corners are all rounded and all the angles have turrets on them. There is a short parapet walk along the wall-head of the wing, an unusual feature for a building of this design, and one that I can only recall having seen elsewhere on Harthill Castle (also in Aberdeenshire). There are a number of gunloops, some provided with a cross-slot to improve aiming, a feature that helps date the building.

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Taken on September 9, 2008