NT1643 : Drochil Castle

taken 6 years ago, 3 km from Castlecraig, Scottish Borders, Great Britain

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Drochil Castle
Drochil Castle
Drochil Castle is a ruined castle in the Scottish Borders. It is located above the Lyne Water, 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) north-west of Peebles, and 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) south of West Linton. It is just up from Drochil Farm and B & B.
James Douglas, 4th Earl of Morton, Regent of Scotland, started building Drochil Castle in 1578, three years before his execution by King James VI. It was no more than half built on his death, and was never finished.
The castle, consisting of four storeys and a garret, was as much a palace as a castle, as Morton intended to retire here from worldly business. The castle is of exceptional interest because of its design as a "double-tenement" with a wide central corridor running through the building from end to end on every storey. This opens up suites of apartments off it on either side. The castle has a round tower, 25 feet (7.6 m) in diameter, attached to each of two diagonally opposite corners. Each tower has two gunloops, preventing enemies from approaching the walls. On the first floor, the great hall measured 50 by 22 feet (15 by 6.7 m).
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NT1643, 26 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Monday, 20 August, 2012   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 1 January, 2013
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Historic sites and artefacts  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 1619 4349 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:40.6582N 3:20.0579W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 1618 4349
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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