Scots Roots

St Andrews Castle
August 5, 2016, 9:32 am
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St Andrews Castle 1St Andrews Castle 2St Andrews Castle 3Not far from the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, St Andrews Castle stands on the cliffs overlooking the North Sea.

Originally built in the 1100s as the residence of the bishops of the newly built cathedral, the castle suffered significant damage during the Wars of Independence (1296 to 1356) and was substantially rebuilt in 1385 by Bishop Walter Trail.

Mines and countermines dug during the religious tensions of the Reformation in the 16th century  when the castle was under siege can still be visited deep in the castle’s underbelly.

St Andrews Castle 4Bishops were abolished in Scotland following the Reformation so the castle was left without a resident and it fell gradually into disrepair and ruin.

St Andrews Castle 5

St Andrews Castle 6


4 Comments so far
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They sure built things to last back then, eh? It’s great to see history still standing.

Comment by GP Cox

Love these castle photos! Beautiful view via your lens!

Comment by Amy

great images!!

Comment by the dune mouse

Brilliant pics 😄😄!! Need defennetly to go to this great Place

Comment by Schmankerlblog - Gerd B.

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