Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Castle Sinclair Girnigoe

I have a cold and a convalescing cat, so I'll offer these photos of Castle Sinclair Girnigoe and a few words with a promise of longer posts soon.

The best news is that the Castle has been sufficiently excavated and stabilized that you can now actually walk into it. Five years ago that was not possible. More information about the ongoing excavation may be available at

The photos, hopefully, show that the castle has sandstone elements around the windows, which give it some colour, and that the castle is right on the water. Access was probably via the sea. There is an internal moat that could be flooded or drained apparently as a defensive maneuver.

The birds choose to nest not only nearby but also in the castle. Fulmars have a habit of vomiting forth a stinky oily glob if anyone gets too close. For the time being, we left them in exclusive if not permanent residence of the castle.Posted by Picasa


At 2:35 AM, Blogger Hayden said...

wow, that's just amazingly beautiful. And I'm completely confused by the header over the window - it defies everything I thought I'd learned about how to make a stone header work. Astonishing - wonder why it doesn't collapse?!!! They must have used wise magic!

At 9:06 PM, Blogger landgirl said...

Oh the most amazing things have been built up here using stone and it has survived for thousands of years. You're right tho I didn't think about it till you mentioned it--how does it stay that way?

At 8:01 PM, Blogger Hayden said...

there is a lot we could learn from the old building methods, but no way for people to make money learning them so difficult to recover it all...


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