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“a beutiful ruin seemingly in the middle of nowhere”
Review of Crichton Castle

Crichton Castle
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Pathhead
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Owner description: A large and sophisticated castle with a spectacular facade of faceted stonework in an Italian style added, following a visit to Italy, by the Earl of Bothwell between 1581 and 1591. Mary Queen of Scots attended a wedding here. This has a facade of faceted stonework in an Italian Renaissance style. The courtyard is fully accessible. Access to areas leading from there depends on the visitor's mobility as each room and cellar has up to three steps leading to it. The south and north upper floors are not accessible for visitors with a physical disability. Carved stonework around fireplaces and doorways offers a hands-on experience. Open summer only
Reviewed 28 June 2018

Another, under the care of the Historic Scotland and well off the beaten track. Even our GPS did not get us there. We were told “you have reached your destination”, when we could look off to the right of the car, through a fence, down a rolling field and up a hill to see the castle standing off in the distance.

When we did arrive, it was to another Historic Scotland site. Typical of these sights it was a well-preserved ruin, rich in history and completely free of other people. It takes about 45 minutes to an hour to explore the castle and barn but, the real experience for us was the church. The church is closed to the public but, the castle keeper was kind enough to call the person who had the keys and this person opened the church for us to explore. This turned out to be one of our best vacation days ever.

The castle is great to see but, would not make out top 10 list. The private tour of the church however bumped this experience way up on our list of favorites from our vacation.

I have separately reviewed the church – as Crichton Collegiate Church.

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Reviewed 26 June 2018

As far as locations go the person who decided to build Crichton Castle (John de Crichton it turns out) certainly picked a good spot. The castle sits slightly up high just above the river Tyne and commands a stricking vision as you walk the short path up towards it (about 5-10mins walk, the last bit is quite steep but most should manage this), The views from the castle itself are also very impressive, so hopefully you get a nice day when there to see across the area.

The castle is owned by Historic Scotland so there is a small fee (£5) for entrance. There are several areas to look at and quite a few info boards up as well. You can find the graffiti left at the site by previous occupants, there is a small dungeon/hold and also the Italian inspired façade to the courtyard. There is also a small link between Crichton Castle and Game of Thrones in that it was Lord Crichton who was part involved in the Black Dinner at Edinburgh Castle that inspired similar events in the fictional novels.

In all a very interesting site to visit and the nearby Crichton village and surrounding countryside makes it an enjoyable drive.

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Reviewed 8 June 2018 via mobile

I loved visiting Crichton Castle. Lots to explore in the castle and the grounds around. We spent about an hour and a half exploring the castle and the kirkyard at the church. Beautiful drive to the castle, as well.

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Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

Placed overlooking the valley and surrounded by yellow heather this castle is a great extra stop for a day. It is a very satisfying ruin to visit with multiple floors, stairs, basements and complete rooms to walk around. You really get a feel of the place and what it would have been. The stone work is very unusual making it feel more like a grand home inside.

It is just a short walk from the car park over to the castle and you could probably see everything in an hour.

Thank SavernakeBreese
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Reviewed 25 May 2018

We had read about Crichton Castle in the Historic Scotland handbook and have been wanting to visit. We went there on a sunny day with just a bit of wind. We parked and waked on the nice path by the river that winds up to the castle. Dramatic view of the castle which is perched on a hill. We entered and went into the little office. We were the only visitors. The man in the office couldn't have been nicer, more friendly nor more helpful. We wandered all around in the rooms, the tower, up and down the winding stairs and the straight stair case. We marveled at the bizarre carved "diamond wall" which was built in the early 1500's after the son of the first owner of the castle had visited Ferrara, Italy, seen the diamond wall there and returned to have his masons duplicate the wall. It is very strange looking - this patterned stone wall that just looks so out of place with the other walls. All interesting. We walked over to the stables which I still think was built as the first chapel and later the church (where parking lot is now) was built and structure became the stables. We took lots of photos and had a grand time Well worth seeing.

Thank Connie W
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