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For more than 500 years, Spynie Palace was the residence of the Bishops of Moray. It was situated on the shores of an inland loch near Elgin and comprised quite a settlement.
Today the loch has long been drained to a shdow of its former self, and all that is left is a mighty, fortified ruin some 5kms from the sea at Lossiemouth.
The earliest existing buildings at Spynie date from the 1300s but the history of the palace goes back to Bishop Brice of Douglas, who chose the church here as his cathedral church in 1207-8. His successor, Andrew, relocated the cathedral to Elgin, but he and later bishops continued to live at Spynie.
In the latter part of the 1600s, the great tower house, named David's Tower after the Bishop David Stewart was built. It was completed by his successor, William Tulloch and it is his arms which can be seen under the parapet on the south face. Later remodelled, this is one of the largest tower houses in Scotland, containing five floors and a vaulted basement.
Today David's Tower has been given a protective roofing and there is a walkway at the second floor level giving an excellent idea of the sheer size of the tower. The roof is also accessible to visitors, and the views across the generally low-lying surroundings are excellent.
Now in the care of Historic Scotland
Admission £2.50 Adults
Joint ticket with Elgin Cathedral - £3.80
Directions: 3km North of Elgin off the A941 to Losssiemouth
Elgin is on the A96 between Aberdeen and Inverness
Phone: 01343 546 358
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