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Whistleberry Castle

Castle (Medieval)

Site Name Whistleberry Castle

Classification Castle (Medieval)

Canmore ID 36781

Site Number NO87NE 6

NGR NO 8612 7528

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Aberdeenshire
  • Parish Kinneff
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District Kincardine And Deeside
  • Former County Kincardineshire

Archaeology Notes

NO87NE 6 8612 7528

(NO 8612 7528) Whistleberry Castle (NR) (rems of)

OS 1:10000 map (1974)

Whistleberry Castle comprises the indefinite remains of a keep, the footings of a drawbridge and gatehouse, and part of a curtain wall which previously surrounded the top of the peninsula on which the castle stands, but which is now partly destroyed by cliff erosion.

At the NE angle of the keep there is a pillar of roughly coursed masonry with rubble infilling, 5.5m maximum height, 3.5m long and 0.8m thick, indicating a rock-cut basement and at least one floor above. The remainder of the N and E walls and part of the S wall are visible as a vague turf-covered line of masonry. At the E end of the S wall can be seen the remains of a possible newel staircase.

The site is covered by tufted grass which may mask evidence of further buildings.

Resurveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (NKB) 13 December 1967.

Whistleberry Castle is situated on a coastal promontory 150m E of Whistleberry farmhouse. There are traces of a curtain wall enclosing the promontory and within it are the remains of at least two buildings; entry to the castle was through a gatehouse, and the abutments for a drawbridge are visible in the ditch which bars the landward approach. Although most of the walls have been reduced to their lowest courses, there is one standing fragment of masonry on the E; this is probably of 16th century date.

Statistical Account (OSA) 1793; New Statistical Account (NSA) 1845; RCAHMS 1982, visited 1981.

Listed.

Scottish Castle Survey 1988; N Bogdan and I B D Bryce 1991.

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