Castle, Portencross

Castle, Portencross - ©

Castle, Portencross - ©

Begun sometime around 1360, Portencross Castle has a long history and was the setting for the signing of a number of Royal documents in the time of King Robert II. From the 1600s, the castle was inhabited by local fishermen until the roof was lost in a storm in January 1739. More recently, a local group called The Friends of Portencross Castle set about refurbishing the place – now, it opens to the public for periods during the year.

It is said that Portencross Castle was the last resting place of the great kings of Scotland. Legend has it that they were transported via the castle on their way to Iona, for burial. They lay in state at Portencross Castle for a short time.

Photographically, the castle adds a new dimension to the wild rocky shoreline of the area, a good focal point and interest in the landscape. In this particular image, the approaching storm provided a very good backdrop to the structure of the castle, and it was perfect for conversion to monochrome.


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