Auchindoun Castle ***
Region: Aberdeen(shire) & Moray
The castle was built for John, Earl of Mar, in the 15th century but he had the misfortune to be murdered by his own brother King James III.
Auchindoun then passed to Thomas Cochrane who came to a very unpleasant end when he was hanged from Lauder Bridge in 1482 by nobles led by Archibald “Bell-the-Cat” Douglas, earl of Angus. Later the castle became a stronghold of the Gordons.
It was sacked and burned by the Mackintoshes in 1591 and abandoned by the 18th century.
Surrounded by fields and moorland this castle has a truly beautiful setting.
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