Castle Sinclair Girnigoe
|[Castle Sinclair Girnigoe]|
Another impressive coastal ruin in a spectacular location - northern Scotland has lots of these, but Castle Sinclair Girnigoe deserves better recognition. According to historical accounts there were actually two castles here, Castle Sinclair and Castle Girnigoe, connected by a drawbridge. The former is believed to have been built for beauty, the latter for strength. Over half a millennium, the exposed location hasn't been kind to the castle(s): various tottering towers and walls look ready to fall into the sea below at any moment. Fortunately the Clan Sinclair Trust has now set about stabilising the site. The scaffolding present when we visited detracted from the atmosphere a bit, but you can see its necessity.
|[Some of the castle ruins look decidedly precarious]|
Name: Castle Sinclair Girnigoe ★★★☆☆
Location: Off minor road 3 miles north of Wick town centre, G.R.: ND 378549 / icon town alternate
Open (2017): Officially May to September, but the site is unstaffed so access may be possible year-round.
Anything else? Park at the minor road end near Noss Head lighthouse. The castle is a 15-min walk along a track over fields.
|[The castle has a spectacular setting atop sheer cliffs]|