Scots Roots

Slains Castle
November 27, 2015, 5:14 pm
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Slains 1Slains Castle overlooks the North Sea from the top of cliffs just to the east of Cruden Bay in Aberdeenshire. Built by the 9th Earl of Erroll in the 16th century, it has been reconstructed several times, most recently in 1837. In 1895 the author Bram Stoker visited Cruden Bay, and the castle is said to have been an inspiration for his novel Dracula.

Slains 3In 1773 visitors included Samuel Johnson and James Boswell on their tour of the Highlands and Islands.

Slains 2“We came in the afternoon to Slanes Castle built upon the margin of the sea, so that the walls of one of the towers seem only a continuation of a perpendicular rock, the foot of which is beaten by the waves. To walk round the house seemed impracticable. From the windows the eye wanders over the sea that separates Scotland from Norway, and when the winds beat with violence must enjoy all the terrifick grandeur of the tempestuous ocean. I would not for my amusement wish for a storm; but as storms, whether wished or not, will sometimes happen, I may say, without violation of humanity, that I should willingly look out upon them from Slanes Castle.”

Samuel Johnson – A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland

Slains 5Slains 4“We had received a polite invitation to Slains Castle. We arrived there just at three o’clock, as the bell for dinner was ringing. Though, from its being just on the north-east Ocean, no trees will grow here, Lord Errol has done all that can be done. He has cultivated his fields so as to bear rich crops of every kind, and he has made an excellent kitchen-garden, with a hot-house.”

James Boswell – Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

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Magnificent Scottish castles of great historical value!Thank you for directing me in here through the Flickr platform!

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