Castle Roy is an 11th century fortress built by the Clan Comyn on a small glacial mound to the north of the modern village of Nethy Bridge. In 1420 the whole area came under the stewardship of the Clan Grant who are still the clan of this area today.
With its walls still standing 25 feet high, the castle is a simple, irregular 4 sided stronghold which has been largely unaltered over the centuries and is (according to McGibbon and Ross) one of the oldest unchanged castles of its type in Scotland.
The main architectural feature is a tower on the north-western corner which still has a window with a lintel. The main entrance archway is in the centre of the north-eastern side and there appear to be latrines and a smaller doorway on the western side.
More details of what made the Castle we see today
The Castle Roy Charitable Trust
The Castle Roy Charitable Trust has been working to stabilise the walls since taking ownership of the castle from Lady Pauline Grant-Ogilvy-Nicholson in 1994. In 2011 a survey found that the tower was falling outwards and twisting slightly so urgent repairs were carried out. Foundations were established and braces put in place to stop any further movement.
The south-west corner of the castle had collapsed a considerable time ago and rabbits and livestock had created a great deal of damage to the base of most of the rest of the walls. Therefore the second phase of consolidation undertaken was to create foundations under all of the walls, which was completed in October 2012.
It is eventually intended to take away all plant growth on the walls, cap the tops and re-build the damaged areas to the bases of the walls so that Castle Roy can be saved for many more generations to enjoy.
There is one stone in the Tower area which has been carved several centuries ago. A lozenge encloses a few initials and it’s an interesting thought to imagine who carved them; when and who they represented. One seems to be WJG (maybe a Grant?) and the other JMC or IMC (maybe a Cumming?) Probably not but fun to play with.
How YOU can help
In order to preserve the ruins of Castle Roy for future generations, The Castle Roy Trust urgently needs funds to help with all of these works which are very specialised and very costly.
Aims of the Castle Roy Trust
The aims of the Trust are to preserve the Castle, as it stands, for future generations, making it a free all abilities visitor and education centre with interpretation boards explaining the history and architecture.
Buy a Square Yard or make a Donation – all will help preserve the ruins of Castle Roy
With all of this in mind, please consider ‘buying’ a Square Yard of Castle Roy.
See the page which explains the costs of various types of Square Yard and what you get for your money. It is easy to pay by Paypal wherever you are. Just use your credit or debit card on the Paypal website.
Location of Castle Roy
The Castle is on a mound about one mile out of the village on the way to Grantown.
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Click here for photographs of the castle from the start of the 20th Century and through the various stages of consolidation to date.
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