Lady Hill Castle
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alibatty🦇
Dundee, UK17,767 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Well, if you’re climbing up here expecting a castle - I’m afraid you’ll be rather disappointed, as all there’s left is a few mounds of stones as evidence of where it once stood . It was built in the 12th century as a royal castle - believed to be founded by King David l in 1160, as Elgin was granted a royal burgh status that year. Built on the summit of Ladyhill, and with dimensions of 80 metres by 50 metres it must’ve dominated the area back then, Even today the view overlooking the town is very scenic. King Edward l of England claimed the castle as a residence in 1296, and several years later the Scots attacked it twice , setting it on fire. It was repaired in the 14th century by the Earl of Moray, but was ransacked by the Douglas rebellion , then just fell into disrepair. However, it’s worth visiting this lovely spot, and also for the nearby 80ft tall Duke of Gordon monument.
Written 11 May 2024
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VicBo123
Pateley Bridge, UK320 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
We were in Elgin so popped up to the top of the hill to see the old castle ruins and the monument. The views from the top are lovely. Nice place to stretch the legs. Lots of steps but this was fine for us. Took the dog without any issues.
Written 29 August 2021
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JCVH
Scotland, UK514 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
Ok let’s get one thing out of way, this place is called Ladyhill Castle. There were no ladies when I visited, and definitely no castle. Plenty of hill though.

All joking aside, I probably should have researched this a bit better, but seeing ‘castle’ on my map I went off expecting something a bit more grand…as it turns out all that remains are 2 broken blocks of stone atop the hill.

To compensate there’s a column with a statue of the Duke of Gordon atop it. Legend has it he comes alive at midnight and visits a nearby town for a drink, which doesn’t really reflect well on Elgin’s bars that he eschews them. It does also offer a pretty nice view over the local area once you brave the steps, but the lack of castle in this castle definitely left me a bit cold
Written 16 August 2021
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DJM1945
Montrose, UK1,860 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
In driving through Elgin the Lady Hill Castle is outstanding as is it is at the top of a hill and overlooks the town. If we had time we would have climbed the hill as the views from the top must be amazing.
Written 11 March 2020
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Sco
Aberdeen, UK4,107 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Whilst my wife had an appointment at the opticians, I decided to walk up this small hill in the centre of the city.
A lovely winter's day and I found this short outing invigorating. Straight away at the main entrance towards the steps, there were info signs/plaques. This continued en-route. An impressive monument and the remains of a castle are at the top of the short walk. A splendid 360 degree view of the surrounding area was worth seeing, away from ground level and listening to the traffic below.
I found that the direction plinth was way out with some of its bearings eg. The Bin (if it means the feature by Buckie?).
When I finished my historical site walk, my wife was still at the opticians.
Written 20 January 2020
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Marie S
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
If you enjoy exercise this is the place up hill climb worth it the veiw is absolute fantastic lady hill is a formal castle and part of castle cathedral cashmere trail the monument is a large structure Duke of Gordon situated at top but realy worth it for veiw
Written 11 October 2019
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johnhouston2
Knaresborough, UK5,088 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Although very little remains of the old castle, the monument to the Duke of Gordon is very impressive and stands high above the town.
Written 9 October 2019
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Martina1888
Inverness, UK508 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Friends
It's free of charge and you have to climb up some stairs. On the top you have a great view over Elgin and surroundings. Well worth a visit if you're in Elgin.
Written 5 January 2019
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baexecutive
Longhirst, UK97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
Beautiful view of Elgin, better than the cathedral and free. Best at nightfall, take the steps. Best to climb during the day as it approaches dusk.
Written 13 December 2018
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sijones1001
Camberley, UK93 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
A short climb up steps to a fantastic view of Elgin and some social history.
A well worth visit by both day and night!

Free of charge
Written 13 December 2018
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