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Ballinbreich Castle (Fife) Past & Present

Ballinbreich Castle 1904

Ballinbreich in early 1900s and today – not much seems to have changed but appearance deceptive

Situated on the coast near Newburgh this 14th century castle is in a bad state of repair. It originally consisted of a tower to which additions were made in the 15th and 16th centuries.

In its final form it was a 3-storied L-plan castle with a rectangular courtyard with buildings on 3 sides and a curtain wall closing the fourth. It is distinguished by some very fine masonry and a liberal supply of gun loops.

Ballinbreich Castle present

The whole was surrounded by a moat. A chapel can be noted on the second floor

Ballinbreich Castle

A SCA member admires a fine array of gun loops on a field visit together with
Ballinbreich's superb ashlars, corbelling and string courses.

Added: 08 Jan 2013 Updated: 08 Dec 2014
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