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Castle Sinclair Girnigoe
ND 378-549 Caithness Scotland

Castle Sinclair GirnigoeCastle Sinclair Girnigoe is a late 14th century stone enclosure fortress, founded by the Sinclair, Earls of Caithness. Standing on a narrow, rocky peninsula, the enclosure was defended by the West Gatehouse and a deep rock-cut ditch. The curtain wall was remodelled for artillery in the mid 15th century and the five storey L-plan tower house in the inner ward, stands on an earlier construction. The tower is probably early 17th century in its current form and the remains of the West Gatehouse in the outer ward is also part of this period of rebuilding. Cromwell's troops held the castle in the mid 17th century and they possibly started the destruction of the site. 6 miles north is Keiss Castle.


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Castle Sinclair Girnigoe is located north of Noss, off the A99. 3 miles north of Wick, on local roads.

The site is owned by the Clan Sinclair Trust and is freely accessible in daylight hours, May to September.

There is a car park.


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