Day 17 cont’d: History Appreciation

Having enjoyed several fine Scottish whiskies, the Husband was on Cloud 9 and I was ready to visit one of the places I had most looked forward to on the trip. A few years ago, I started to research my genealogy to get a better appreciation of our family history and where we came from. In part of that history, I found that on my paternal grandmother’s side, there was a long line that led back to Scottish, English, and French aristocracy (and far enough back, royalty, natch). Part of that ancestry included the vaulted Moray clan from northern Scotland where they made their home at Duffus Castle.

Duffus Castle is known for being one of the best examples of motte and bailey castle architecture in medieval Scotland. The first castle on that site was believed to have been constructed in the 1100s, but most of the stone ruins that stand today are from the 14th century. While it stands in ruins today, Duffus Castle is a true testament to a bygone era and the beauty of the Scottish Highlands.

Now for the pic spam:

A brief history lesson before heading onto the grounds

A brief history lesson before heading on to the grounds

what's left of the moat

what’s left of the moat

approaching the castle which was built atop a small hill (key point in the motte and bailey structure)

approaching the castle which was built atop a small hill (key point in the motte and bailey structure)

The walls of the castle area extend father out and would have previously encompassed a small village.

The walls of the castle area extend father out and would have previously encompassed a small village.

I promise the camera was not sideways for this picture. Part of the castle has sunken into the ground at an angle.

I promise the camera was not sideways for this picture. Part of the castle has sunken into the ground at an angle.

Looking up at what was once the second story.

Looking up at what was once the second story.

You can see just how badly the foundations have shifted over the centuries.

You can see just how badly the foundations have shifted over the centuries.

walking the hallways

walking the hallways

looking up at the second story hallway which would have lead from the great hall into private chambers. The charred walls are evidence of a large-scale fire that once consumed the castle.

looking up at the second story hallway which would have led from the great hall into private chambers. The charred walls are evidence of a large-scale fire that once consumed the castle.

back down the hallway towards the dungeon cell

back down the hallway towards the dungeon cell

It's lighter here because so much of the remaining walls are missing.

It’s lighter here because so much of the remaining walls are missing.

walking away from the castle, down into what would have been the village

walking away from the castle, down into what would have been the village

looking back at the main castle

looking back at the main castle

stone floors and walls still remain in village structures

stone floors and walls still remain in village structures

a good map of what the area would have looked like

a good map of what the area would have looked like

standing in one of the storehouses, looking back towards the castle

standing in one of the storehouses, looking back towards the castle

part of a great hall

part of a great hall

wall foundations

wall foundations

one of the remaining gates that still stands in the surrounding wall

one of the remaining gates that still stands in the surrounding wall

the castle from afar

the castle from afar

That hill was a fairly steep climb.

That hill was a fairly steep climb.

From the outside, you can see cracks in the castle walls and how windows have shifted.

From the outside, you can see cracks in the castle walls and how windows have shifted.

the castle

the castle

one last peek at the remains of what was once a great stronghold

one last peek at the remains of what was once a great stronghold

After visiting the castle it was time to head back to Grantown on Spey for dinner and rest before our final full day in Great Britain.

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