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January 2008
A new year and a new page, the blog page, a place where I can record and then archive my monthly updates and what's been happening in my hunt for castles UK.
First of all, a happy castle hunting new year to you all.
This months castles, are from my October 2007 trip to Scotland, it was nice to visit a new area, with great castles and great people.
I'm also busy planning a motte fest in North Wales, for later in the month when we'll be stopping for a couple of nights in Ruthin Castle, nothing but earthwork castles it'll be just heaven. While I was busy looking through my books and maps and planning a route for each day, I thought it would be nice just to go to a website and all the info be there but the only site I know for castles big and small, with maps of castles in an area is CastleUK!! This is my first go at a blog and it can only get better as the year moves on!!
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Abbot's Tower
Abbot's Tower, OS 84/NX 972-666 Kirkcudbrightshire Scotland, is a mid 16th century stone L-plan tower house, founded by John Brown, abbot of Sweetheart Abbey. Of three storeys and a garret, the stair-wing is crowned by a caphouse and originally to the west was a walled barmkin, with a courtyard paved with granite slabs. The site is a private residence, with no public access and the view from the footpath is restricted. This tower has been carefully restored and looks like it was built yesterday, stunning!
Corra Castle
Corra Castle, OS 84/NX 866-661 Kirkcudbrightshire Scotland, is an early 17th century stone fortified rectangular farmhouse or stronghouse, which was possibly built on an earlier site. Of two storeys and an attic and originally encased by a moat, its plain walls are built on a boulder plinth. There is a tradition that Mary, Queen of Scots, slept at the Castle. The site is visible from the road, with a good view, not a lot to see and it looks more like a bastle, than a castle to me.
Drumcoltran Tower
Drumcoltran Tower, OS 84/NX 869-683 Kirkcudbrightshire Scotland, is a mid 16th century stone L-plan tower house, founded by Edward Maxwell. Of three storeys and a garret, the stair-wing is crowned by a caphouse and originally to the north, was a walled barmkin. With a vaulted basement and a first floor hall, the entrance and an upper corbelled-out stair-turret, are in the re-entrant angle. The site is owned by Historic Scotland and is open daily, April to September 9:30-5:30pm, October to March 9:30-4:30pm. Great tower, with a good view from the top, not to be missed.
Kirkconnel House
Kirkconnel House, OS 84/NX 979-680 Kirkcudbrightshire Scotland, was originally a 14th century stone fortified manor house, founded by the Kirkconnel family. In the 16th century, the Maxwell family founded the rectangular four storey tower house. The vaulted basement is lit by crosslet shot-holes and with the addition of a 17th century stair-wing crowned by a caphouse, the tower is now L-plan. The site is a private residence, with no public access and the view from the road is restricted. Not a lot to see or say here, which is a pity.

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