It has been a cold and wintry few days here in Virginia, so today I’m thinking back to a beautiful, warm day last May when Mr. C and I traveled along the Aberdeenshire coast to see the ruins of Findlater Castle.
The precarious cliffside ruins are located about two miles east of the town of Cullen, Scotland, and are perched atop a rocky promontory overlooking the Moray Firth. Though it might not look like much to you in its present state, consider the drawing below. At one time, Findlater would have been pretty incredible, sitting there with its million-dollar views. Talk about location, location, location!
Findlater Castle dates back to the 15th century, but parts of the castle may have been incorporated into another building on the site dating from a century earlier. It is also likely that the site was the location of some sort of fortification even before that.
The now ruined stronghold was owned initially by the Ogilvy family. However, after Alexander Ogilvy disinherited his son James in favor of Sir John Gordon (son of the Earl of Huntly and a man trying to win the hand of Mary Queen of Scots), the castle and lands passed to the Gordons. A period of bitter feuding between the two families followed.
In time, the Gordons (of Huntly) became enemies of Mary and her half brother, the Earl of Moray. To make a long story short, as they say, the situation escalated, resulting in the Gordons being defeated by Mary and her forces at the Battle Of Corrichie. Sir John Gordon was executed, and Findlater went back to the Ogilvies once again. Eventually, the Ogilvies abandoned Findlater in favor of another residence, Cullen House, in nearby Cullen.
If you look closely at the top photos, you will notice that there is a narrow, steep path down to the ruins (the castle is also accessible via a coastal path at ground level). Though we could see a couple of guys disappear like gophers into one of the castle openings-yikes, Mr. C and I chose not to risk it. It is worth noting that this crumbling ruin is not maintained and that there are sheer cliffside drops to the beach below. So if you visit and do decide to explore, please take extreme care!
There is no doubt about it. The ruins of Findlater Castle are a spectacular sight and are well worth taking the time to visit!
Friends, I hope you enjoyed today’s post. As always, thank you for popping in. I’ll see you next time.
19 thoughts on “Findlater Castle-A Ruin with a Million Dollar View”
Yes, I enjoyed it very much. It’s always a pleasure to read about Scotland!
Thanks, Reni. Any plans to return?
Another great find!
It was pretty awesome to see.
Talk about ‘a room with a view.’ But not for those with acrophobia! 😉
My husband grew up only a few miles from Findlater. He took me there on my first http to visit his family. I was smitten. With him, with the castle, with it all. Thanks for the memory. Xo
What a wonderful memory that must be. 🙂 Lucky guy to have lived there. It’s so beautiful.
some beautiful photos here, cheers!
Thank you, Peter. Cheers! 🙂
Great story, beautiful photos!
Very glad you enjoyed it! 🙂
Oh my…my perfect place for a cottage by the sea 😉😍 My dream 😍
Wouldn’t it be? The wind might be a little much in winter, but that view would be worth it!
Great photos! I have vague memories of visiting the castle and grounds when I was wee. Though, I have vivid memories of Cullen ice cream. 😁
Oh, is Cullen known for its ice cream too? In May I’m planning to check one of the items off my Scotland bucket list, to eat Cullen skink in Cullen. 🙂
I think it’s more well known in Aberdeenshire than the rest of Scotland. The place we went to is still there on Seafield Rd–probably close to where you can get Cullen Skink 😀