Crichton Castle stands on a grassy hillside overlooking the River Tyne
The original castle dates from the late 1300s,when John de Crichton built his tower house.
Down in the valley a line of trees conceals the river.
The building went through many changes during its 200 years as a family residence,
only to be abandoned in the late 1600s, a short time after the final remodelling was completed.
Remains of the tower house
Solar panels on the roof provide electricity for minimal modern day requirements.
William de Crichton's great hall around 1450 (information board illustration).
In 1562 the young Mary Queen of Scots attended the wedding here, of her half brother
Lord John Stewart and Janet Hepburn and it was their son Francis who would make the
final changes in the castle's design.
Remains of the medieval stone fireplace in the great hall.
The castle courtyard around 1590 (information board illustration).
The north part of the building (right) was completely rebuilt creating a new lord's hall
and luxurious living rooms on three floors.
The diamond faceted stonework, unique in Scotland,is what makes this castle special.
In 1586 Mary's son the young King James VI visited, possibly to see the work in progress.
Looking through the lord's hall to the medieval church founded
by William de Crichton in 1449.
On the south side, the remains of William de Crichton's medieval castle.
The great hall is on the first floor.
The 1580s purpose built stable block with rooms above on two levels.
Today a warm wind blows - and wild nature adorns the hillside.
Wild roses and bracken.
Crowfoot Trefoil and Germander Speedwell
Crichton Castle is now cared for by Historic Scotland
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