Old Slains Castle
|Old Slains Castle|
The remains of Old Slains Castle
|OS grid reference||NK052300|
|Built for||Comyn, Earl of Buchan|
Location in Aberdeenshire
The 13th-century castle was originally the property of the Comyn, Earl of Buchan. After the forfeiture of the Comyns in the 14th century it was given to Sir Gilbert Hay by Robert the Bruce in recognition for his support against the English.
Originally a strongly built 5-storey oblong keep (of which a small part remains), a wall defending the landward side was added in the early 16th century.
One wall of the castle remains standing, at approximately 25 metres (82 ft) in height. In the 1950s, a 3-storey house was built within the ruins, adjoining a fishing cottage built in the 18th century. Since 1991 several archaeological excavations have been effected, the last one in 2007. The remains of the old castle are designated a scheduled ancient monument.