Tolquhon & Fyvie Castles, Forvie Nature Reserve

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castle entrance

WEDNESDAY: DAY 6 We were up at the usual 8:30am and after a cereal breakfast, we went to PITMEDDEN GARDENS only to find that it was still closed; another place we would have to hit on our last days. We headed  to ELLON to TOLQUHON CASTLE which ended up being my 2nd favorite ruined castle. It was a cool, sunny day with NO rain. There was alot of castle to explore! There was an old 15th century Preston Tower with ranges around the courtyard that included: a main three-storey area that had vaulted cellars (wine cellar, bakehouse & kitchen), large hall, private chambers, stores, brewhouses and a long gallery. It was abandoned towards the end of the 19th century. I did some videotaping and then would take pictures.

the courtyard
At one point I went to tape some more and noticed I had left it on record. I ended up taping about 5 minutes of my feet walking and climbing castle steps! Oh well, it's not the first time I've done this and it surely won't be the last.

We then toured FYVIE CASTLE which dates back to the 13th century & from one site states that it is "one of Scotland's great baronial fortress palaces". What makes it very interesting is that 5 families dating from 1390 each added an addition. It has 5 towers & an old tradition states that each family built one of the 5 towers. This was my favorite "inhabited castle".  We got a 2 hour detailed tour & it had a huge picture gallery and some ARMOUR on display. My favorite room was the Dining room with the Coat of Arms on the ceiling!

Fyvie was also featured on the travel channel as a haunted castle where an Ex-wife was starved to death so the husband could enjoy his new bride.

fireplace
The morning after the wedding, they woke up to find the ex-wife put her name on the windowsill where it had not been before this! We actually got to see it! A little spooky! I wish we could have taken pictures inside! There are also FLATS in it! It also had gardens.

Then we went to NEWBURGH to the UDNY ARMS HOTEL. ( I kept thinking it was Underarms Hotel). We had dinner there and I had DUCK with Mashed Potatoes with Green Beans & Carrots which was good. We also did one part of the FORVIE NATURE RESERVE WALK to some beautiful SAND DUNES and a beach. It was very Pretty, desolate & isolated. We had walked about 6 miles! There were 3 marked trails and one looked like it could have passed for ROHAN from LORD of the RINGS movies!

 

o_mendfornd says:
Scotland's great - I really should go some time! (I've only been once, for two days!)
Posted on: Nov 29, 2007
hannajax says:
beautiful castle! have you seen muenzenburg castle in my blogs? it reminds me a lot of this one. you will find it under my touring castles blog, methinks.
Posted on: Nov 07, 2006
euphemy says:
yes lol it does have the hole. See picture #7 & we still have over half of that left to watch.
Posted on: Sep 28, 2006
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castle entrance
castle entrance
the courtyard
the courtyard
fireplace
fireplace
one of the many stairs
one of the many stairs
Bed chamber with a trap door leadi…
Bed chamber with a trap door lead…
taken inside the courtyard
taken inside the courtyard
Fyvie Castle from the side
Fyvie Castle from the side
Back entrance to Fyvie
Back entrance to Fyvie
Im at the back door entrance
I'm at the back door entrance
front of Fyvie
front of Fyvie
Scenery on the Forvie Nature Reser…
Scenery on the Forvie Nature Rese…
We tought this area looked like RO…
We tought this area looked like R…
Forvie sand dunes
Forvie sand dunes
Beach at Forvie
Beach at Forvie
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photo by: euphemy