View Full Version : Duffus Castle - 03/2010

08-03-2010, 11:44 PM
I went here today with my mate Phil. As it was a nice sunny day I kicked off my heels and explored bare foot in a skirt and started climbing it. Thankfully I did not cut my feet, I'll post a picture later when Phil sends it :D

* Edited, the barefoot explorer


Duffus Castle, near Elgin, Moray, Scotland, was a motte-and-bailey castle and was in use from c.1140 to 1705. During its occupation it underwent many alterations. The most fundamental was the destruction of the original wooden structure and its replacement with one of stone. At the time of its establishment, it was one of the most secure fortifications in Scotland. At the death of the 2nd Lord Duffus in 1705, the castle had become totally unsuitable as a dwelling and so was abandoned.

Inside and outside











More Here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43540261@N02/sets/72157623581680144/)

The wooden castle

Moray was an important part of the Pictish confederation. At the beginning of the 12th century the province was ruled by the mormaer, Angus, grandson of Lulach Macgillecomgan, who had succeeded Macbeth as King of Scots in 1057. Ferociously autarchic and highly distrustful of the expansion of the monarchy, Angus rebelled in 1130. The revolt was resolutely quashed by King David I,who immediately began to populate the province with nobles and people of his own choosing.


09-03-2010, 12:25 AM
Ooooh that's lovely Sazza.

Nice place for a photo shoot :thumb

09-03-2010, 12:27 AM
That's why I was there, couldn't resist climbing up the place and getting photos and reporting it here though :D

09-03-2010, 07:39 AM
At least you don't have any rusty nails to worry about there, they probably rotted into the ground 200 years ago.:p

I quite like crumbly old castles, but I'm not so keen on all the manicured surfaces and signs for visitors that most of them have.

09-03-2010, 07:49 AM
Nice weather for a nice place to wander around castles are cool. I would like to own one.

09-03-2010, 09:59 PM
I love castles too but agree with Lost, the manicured ones aren't so enjoyable to explore.

Nice photos :)

09-03-2010, 10:50 PM
I agree, manicured castles are kind of boring, I like ones that are crumbling they're more interesting.
Same BoxFrenzy, I'd love to own a castle :D