washed mansion. The castle was home to the Earl of
Atholl, who built the original castle in 1263. It is the last
castle in Britain to have been besieged. It is now
home to the Atholl Highlanders, Britains only
remaining private regiment. The grounds are
worth visiting, as is the piper that plays
out in the courtyard.
Another view of Blair Castle with a Scottish fog
rolling in and slowly engulfing the castle.
In its earliest incarnation, Castle Sinclair & Girnigoe
was known only as Castle Girnigoe. It was built by
William Sinclair, the 2nd Earl of Caithness, probably
sometime between 1476 and 1496, but before his
death at the Battle of Flodden in 1513.
In 1577, George Sinclair, the 4th Earl of Caithness
imprisoned his own son John, in castle
Sinclair & Girnigoe, on suspicion of rebelling
against his rule. He was held there for seven years,
after which his father fed him a diet of salted beef,
with nothing to drink, so that he eventually died
insane from thirst.
Keiss Castle stands on a cliff top promontory above
the sea, as a ruined 16th century tower house. It once
was home of the Sinclairs who abandoned this castle
for a new one built in 1755.