Portencross Castle, is situated in the village of Portencross, on the Firth of Clyde, Scotland. The site has been fortified since the 13th Century. The present building is thought to date from the 14th Century.
Portencross is believed by some to have been a royal residence, as it is known that several charters of the first two Stuart kings were signed at the castle.
The castle is also believed to be the last mainland resting place for many former Scottish kings. Between the times of Cináed mac Ailpín (810-858) through to the reign of Máel Coluim mac Donnchada (1030/38-1093), the bodies of former kings were taken by road from the east of Scotland, and from Portencross they were ferried to Iona where they would be buried.
The castle remained occupied until the roof was blown off during a violent storm in 1739. The castle walls still remain in place today, and the building has recently been opened to the public.
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