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]

Name: Spynie Palace ☆☆☆
Location: Off A941 3 miles north of Elgin, G.R.: NJ 231659 / aimless losing ships
Open (2017): Daily, April to September
Cost (2017): £4.50 (adults), £2.70 (children), free for Historic Environment Scotland members

[Surviving plaster inside David's Tower]

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