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Cairnbulg Castle

Historic fortress described by W. Douglas Simpson as one of the nine Castles of the Knuckle.

Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, AB43 8TN

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Cairnbulg Castle is a z-plan castle situated in Cairnbulg, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

It was described by W. Douglas Simpson as one of the nine castles of the Knuckle, referring to the rocky headland of north-east Aberdeenshire.

Originally known as Philorth Castle it was built in the early 14th century, destroyed in the winter of 1308–1309 in the Wars of Independence, and re-built by the Fraser family in 1380.

Subsequently, a courtyard and outbuildings were added to the main tower. It is now open to the public by appointment only.

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Open by appointment, please write or phone.

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No entry charge but donations appreciated/expected which are given to charity at the end of each year.

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