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Balvenie Castle lies a mile north of Dufftown, Keith, Banffshire, Scotland, close to the Glenfiddich Distillery.

It dates to the 1200s when Marjory, daughter of Fergus, the last Celtic Earl of Buchan, married William Comyn, one of the new breed of Scottish noblemen. He became the new earl and also Lord of Balvenie. It was either William or his son, Alexander, who built this castle in Glen Fiddich.

The Comyns fell foul of Robert the Bruce’s regal ambitions and until the early 1400s the fate of Balvenie is unclear. It then re-emerged in the hands of the Black Douglases, a formidable baronial family. But they too were wiped out, by King James II in 1455. He in turn gave Balvenie to one of his own kinsmen. Such were the risks and rewards of power politics in medieval Scotland.

From its strategically significant position in the Glen, Balvenie Castle allowed the immensely powerful Comyn earls to rule over this Celtic province for more than a century. Though there were no famous sieges or notable battles here, this would have appeared a striking fortification to anyone approaching it for the first time: as it still is today.

Related shots can be found at: Castles and Highland scotland.

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  • evex8x8
    evex8x8over 6 years ago

    I love castles! Nice tones. Well done!

  • Carlos Teófilo
    Carlos Teófiloover 6 years ago

    beautiful shot my friend Tom.

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherover 6 years ago

    great shot

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 6 years ago


  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 6 years ago

    Wonderful castle. Extremely well composed. Love all the green tones. Old castles are so fascinating!

  • lettie1957
    lettie1957over 6 years ago

    wonderful old castle nicely captured.
    regards Aletta

  • linda lowry
    linda lowryover 6 years ago

    This really looks good in the frame. Lucky you, to live among such history.

  • Kathleen Struckle
    Kathleen Struckleover 6 years ago

    Wonderful capture. thank you again for the history. :)

  • amarica
    amaricaover 6 years ago

    This must have been wonderful when it was new. Excellent capture Tom

  • artsthrufotos
    artsthrufotosover 6 years ago

    great job!

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