Mains castle, Dundee
Mains Castle stands above the Strathdichty Burn in what is now a suburb of Dundee, although it retains enough open land around it for that not to have spoilt it too much. Indeed, being close to suburbia may be what saved it, because most of the buildings were roofless not so many years ago.
Mains is an unusual castle, with its tall and distinctive 6 storey stair tower, presumably built so tall to allow watchers in the watch chamber to see over the nearby higher ground. The buildings, some of which have long since gone, form a coutyard. The castle was built by Sir David Graham, a nephew of the infamous Cardinal Beaton, in the mid 16th century. Sir David was beheaded for involvement in the Catholic plot known as the “Spanish Blanks”.