scottish baronial

  Here is another of the thousands of places in Britain I wanna live- Ardverikie House in the Highlands of Scotland. LOOK AT ALL THOSE FABULOUS TURRETS AND SNOW-COVERED SPIRES AND SHIT! (This is why I could never write for Architectural Digest.) I love this place! I want to play in all the passageways and hidden nooks and make snow angels in the yard.

  Other bits of interest: Queen Victoria and Prince Albert lived here for a month before they bought Balmoral; and the house played a starring role in the BBC drama, “Monarch of the Glen” (Nick Weall panoramio.com)

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Good Morning from Scotland

Craigievar Castle, Aberdeenshire by Ian Cowe
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One advantage of living in Aberdeenshire is the number of National Trust for Scotland properties which are nearby. Craigievar is arguably the prettiest looking Castle in the area and is said to have inspired the Walt Disney Castle.

This is a doorway on Castle Wynd, Inverness, behind the Town House and down from the castle itself. It goes into the back of the Highland Council’s offices at the back of the Town House. Scottish Baronial, so I think it is part of an earlier building built at the time of the castle developments, rather than an extension of the Gothic Revival townhouse. 

I think it must be a little bit magical to go to work each morning through a stone arch in a castellated wall… even if the rest of the day is probably admin tasks or something. It looks like it should be the entrance to a clandestine sect’s meeting place in a medieval city, where men in black cloaks slip and masks slip unnoticed down the Wynd and gather to summon the eldritch beings in a candle-lit basement, or perhaps meet to discuss the assassination of their king and replacing him with his cousin, or to form a resistance against the sorceress who has the city in her thrall - or something else that just goes to show that I’m a bit of Catherine Morland (at the end of Northanger Abbey, anyway, because at least I know that real life isn’t half as exciting as my imagination. Maybe it’s not even an entrance at all, maybe it’s a fire exit!).

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Keiss Castle, Scotland

The castle was built on the site of an earlier fort in the late 16th century by George, the 5th Earl of Caithness (1582-1643). In 1681, George Sinclair of Keiss, a descendant of the 5th Earl of Caithness, by a second son, succeeded to the earldom. He died in the castle in 1698, and thereafter Keiss was acquired by the Sinclairs of Dunbeath, themselves descendants of the main Caithness line. The castle was ruinous by 1700. It is located less than a mile north of Keiss, overlooking Sinclairs Bay in Caithness, Highland. It stands within the grounds of the Scottish Baronial house that replaced it in the 18th century, which is also called Keiss Castle.

St Columba’s High Church on the corner of Bank Street and Fraser Street in Inverness. All the windows have protective plastic in them along Fraser Street - probably because Fraser Street and Church Street (adjoining) are where all the pubs are, and it would be too easy for some drunken idiot to break the windows (even accidentally) otherwise.  I think it’s a Free Church church, so I’m not sure if there’s pictorial stained glass under there or not, as it could be too decorative/ornamental for their tradition. I haven’t actually been in, because it appears to be locked when not in use for a service.

It’s a stunning building, however, and built of both red and yellow sandstone. I need to get a picture of it on a sunny day to capture the colours and show you all - not very Gothic in the ‘spooky atmosphere’ sort of way, but very Gothic in the Gothic Revival architecture sort of way. 

Oh, and I tried to photograph the spiders in the cobwebs but I scared them all and they hid. Oops. 

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Abbotsford was the stone-and-lime love of Scott’s life. It was his most cherished possession, but it also possessed him. He called it ‘the Dalilah of his imagination’, his ‘Conundrum Castle’ and his ‘flibbertigibbet of a house’ that would ‘suit none but an antiquary’. Architecture and interior decoration combine to make it an iconic building of the 19th century Scottish Baronial style. With its wonderfully eccentric collections and antiquarian atmosphere, it is a key site in the history of European Romanticism.