An ancient key excavated in the castle grounds. There are no longer any doors to lock,but
who and what was once locked away by this key .......... and what tales could it tell?
It's possible to climb to the battlements via this staircase,however with gusts of cold wind and flurries of snowflakes blasting through the openings,I decided for my safely to return to ground level.
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Tapestry woven in Flanders at the end of the fourteen hundreds.
Below the castle waves crash against the rocks. When the tide is in the rocks are completely covered.
The Dovecot, built around 1500.
Pigeons were reared as a convenient food source.
Amazingly,inside the building the stone roosting boxes are still intact.
Behind the dovecot a snow shower suddenly begins to obscure the Bass Rock.
In all seasons this rock has a habit of appearing like a mirage or phantom island.
In a previous post I've shown the Bass Rock in summer,along with a brief history....... HERE.
By the time I reach the car park it's snowing quite heavily..... but the landscape looks spectacular,
shrouded in a veil of snowflakes.
As I leave,I try to visualize how the castle would have looked in such weather nearly seven hundred years ago,turrets reaching up to the sky and the Bass Rock lurking in the background like a hump backed giant.
Five minutes,and two or three miles along the road the snow stops and the sky clears!
In the foreground young shoots of winter sown grain suddenly look very green.
Thank you for visiting.