After Mither Tap we had a nice Chinese meal in Alford, and then drove back to Edinburgh via Kildrummy Castle and Glenbuchat Castle.
Kildrummy Castle dates back to the 13th century, and was the stronghold of the Earls of Mar. It’s a large ruin.
What I find interesting about castles such as Kildrummy, Tantallon and Kilchurn is that whilst they are large constructions and were obviously centres of great activity in their heyday, they are now pretty well isolated from other habitations. These castles controlled large areas, in the case of Kildrummy the upper reaches of the Don and the road north and south. But their locations are no longer of importance.
Glenbuchat Castle is much smaller. It’s a Z-plan tower, dating from the late 16th century.