Spynie Palace

[David's Tower, Spynie Palace]

With surviving parts dating from the 1300's and seat of the bishops of Moray for five centuries, Spynie Palace is an extensive and formidable ruin. David's Tower dominates the site: six floors and in a far better state of repair than the other buildings dotted around the former courtyard. For some reason we didn't warm to it. Perhaps it's the stark, LEGO-block-like shape of the tower, or the ugly modern roof fitted to the top of it. It completes the story of Elgin Cathedral though, and good value, joint tickets covering both are available.

[Bishops' coats of arms]

📌 Spynie Palace ☆☆☆
Location: Off A941 3 miles north of Elgin, G.R.: NJ 231659 ///aimless.losing.ships
Open (2019): Daily, April to September
Cost (2019): £5 (adults), £3 (children), free for Historic Environment Scotland members

[Surviving plaster inside David's Tower]

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