Overlooking the River Spey near Grantown-on-Spey, Castle Roy is a rare example of an early castle. It stands upon a rocky hummock which is, perhaps, partially artificial. There is no trace of a ditch or any of the outbuildings one would associate with a castle but nearby is Abernethy Church which could have been the castle church.
The castle dates from the late 12th or early 13th century and is similar in plan to
Castle Roy stands in the powerful Clan Comyn's territory and more information about the castle and those involved with it was presented in Scottish Castles Association member
book Fortress Scotland and can be read on the
Castle Roy Trust's
The castle is now under the care of
Historic Environment Scotland
who are undertaking conservation work. Robbed out stone is being replaced by recycled granite and the area is being landscaped.
Visitors could take advantage of being in the vicinity to also take in the site of the Battle of Cromdale of 1690 – read more below.
The Battle of Cromdale 1690
The victory of the Jacobites over the Williamite Army at Killiecrankie in 1689 was largely negated by the loss of their charismatic leader, Viscount Dundee.
The less able Major General Thomas Buchan assumed command and his outnumbered force of 800 was surprised at Cromdale near Castle Roy. The Jacobites made a brief stand and then scattered having lost some 400 men.
A group of around 100 men formed in a body and retreated across the River Spey to seek the safety of
Loch an Eilein Castle
. Their attack on the island castle was repelled effectively marking the end of the uprising.
CLAN CONNECTION - Clan Comyn
Article by Scottish Castles Association member Brian McGarrigle.