Niddry Castle

Niddry Castle, Winchburgh
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Niddry Castle, Winchburgh

Now unfortunately located in the shadow of a massive oil shale bing in West Lothian, a half-mile (1 km) southeast of Winchburgh, is Niddry Castle. This L-plan tower house was built c.1500 by George, the 4th Lord Seton, who was killed at the Battle of Flodden (1513). Originally four-storeys, a further storey was added in the late 16th Century as part of a major remodelling. It is said that Mary Queen of Scots spent her first night of freedom here after her escape from imprisonment in Loch Leven Castle. The castle was acquired by the Hope family in the 17th Century as part of the Hopetoun Estate.

Until the 1980s Niddry was a ruin, but it has recently been restored as a private residence.


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