This fine old Castle was built in the thirteenth century and has curtain walls thirty feet high surrounding a courtyard ninety feet square. Massive round towers at each corner ran to three stories and the grooves for the Portcullis are still seen at the Eastern Entrance.

But long before in Pictish times it is said to have been the site of a city and later the ambassadors of Charlemagne visited to sign a treaty in 790. It is now open again to the public after restoration. Past attempts at repair included the battlements on the west (railway facing) side -built by Lord Abinger about 1894 to impress Queen Victoria as she passed by in the Royal Train!

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