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Kildrummy Castle (2)

This rather fine model is to be found in the ticket office at Kilrummy Castle. I will go into the castle's design in more detail later, but it is worth noting here that it is a classic 12th century design - five sided with five towers, the double tower at the apex being the gatehouse. The castle was surrounded by an enormous ditch, designed to keep archers from getting within range of the walls. The whole effect is very similar to that of Caerlaverock - a Scottish fortress of similar age.


The really curious feature of Kildrummy, was the way the chapel was built, sticking out through the east curtain wall. There was at one time a plan to build a half-tower in front of the chapel's east wall, and while the plan was never completed, the foundations can be seen here (on the right) and on the ground.


(Note the pit between the gatehouse towers, which the drawbridge spans when it is lowered. It features in the next photo!)

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Taken on August 6, 2011