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Kildrummy Castle (9)

This was Kildrummy Castle's Great Hall - a place that saw many stirring events in its time - as well as a disaster that led to the fall of the castle. It was pleasant to sit on the bench that runs around the outside and imagine the other people that must also have sat here over the centuries, watching lords and kings doing their things! As it turns out though, nobody sat on this 'bench' at all because it is actually what they call a scarcement, the purpose of which was to support the wooden floor of the Hall, below which there was a shallow basement - which was unlit and probably reached by a ladder from above.

 

Behind me, to the east, was the kitchen, and in the distance beyond the hall, was the Solar, or withdrawing room, which has almost entirely been replaced by the tower on the right - a towerhouse built here in the early sixteenth century by Lords Elphinstone.

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Taken on August 6, 2011