|[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]|