Drum Castle, Scotland, Part 2 – The Tower
This is a continuation of last week's post about Drum Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
The Tower at Drum Castle is one of the three oldest tower houses remaining in Scotland. The tower was completed in two building phases. The lower part of the tower was constructed early in the 1200s. And the upper portions in the late 1200s to early 1300s.
|Lots of these spiral stone staircases in this tower and also lots of them in Scotland.|
|Arrow slit window in the store room.|
The Upper Hall is above what used to be the Common Hall. This room is 35 feet by 21 feet and the ceiling has a beautiful pointed barrel arch. The walls are six feet thick. This portion of the tower was built during the second building phase. It also has a big open fireplace.
|Fireplace and window alcove in the Upper Hall.|
|Window alcove with two benches. This is the window you see in the top photo.|
|A model of the Tower to see how it's set up. Click this photo to enlarge.|
|The darkened doorway is the garderobe.|
A garderobe is built into one corner as an early form of a restroom. The drain drops 25 feet through the solid walls of the tower.
|Click the above photo to enlarge and read.|
|Here you can see more detail of the pointed barrel arch of the Upper Hall|
|Garderobe, privy on the roof for the guards of the past.|
|View of the Victorian addition from the tower's roof.|
Some of the narrow stairs and ladders to get up to the roof are tough to navigate, but it is worth the climb.
|Detail of conical roof with slate.|
|View over the Scottish countryside.|
Hope you enjoyed this little visit! Next time we will explore more of Drum Castle