Buchanan Castle, Drymen


Buchanan Castle, Drymen, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on Buchanan Castle, a romantic ruin situated close to the village of Drymen and about 17 miles (27km) north of Glasgow.

The estate in which the castle sits belonged to the Lairds of Buchanan from the 13th century until 1682 when it was sold to James Graham, 3rd Marquess of Montrose and thereafter became a Graham family property.

The original Buchanan-era castle burned down in 1852 and was replaced by the current building built for the 4th Duke of Montrose in 1854 which became the official seat of Clan Graham. Design by William Burn in Scottish baronial style.

The Castle was sold in 1925 and was used as a hospital in WW2. Here, leading Nazi,  Rudolf Hess was treated in 1941 after his forced landing near Eaglesham.

The roof of the Castle was removed in 1954 and thereafter the property fell into decline although the remaining walls are believed to be in sound condition.

Within the former grounds of the Castle a private housing estate has been developed. A James Braid designed golf course is close by.

An intriguing and photogenic ruin.

Buchanan Castle, Drymen, Scotland


Buchanan Castle, Drymen, Scotland


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