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  Slains Castle, Aberdeenshire
by stevezero

Slains Castle is an imposing ruin of a castle, set directly into the cliffs, about 1km from the cruden Bay.
You can walk from the village, or about 1km down a track from a car park on the A975 just north of Cruden Bay.
The Earl of Erroll returned from exile in 1597 and made his peace with James. Rather than try to rebuild Slains, he instead used a tower house at Bowness as the basis for a new Slains Castle. The tower was extended and ranges of buildings were added around a courtyard. In 1664 the castle was again expanded and altered, and a corridor was built across the courtyard. The final major change came in 1836 when further wings were added and the underlying castle was given a granite facing and generally Disneyfied.
Building costs and high living did little for the family finances and in 1916 death duties forced the 20th Earl of Erroll to sell Slains Castle. The new owner allowed the castle to fall into disrepair, and in 1925 its roof was removed.
The ruin is not very well sign posted, maybe baecause no one wants the responsibilty should you fall from the cliffs, or if part of the crumbling castle should fall upon you.

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  • Updated Mar 12, 2005
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