Carribber Castle

(Rob Gibb's Castle)

An overgrown ruin situated high above the River Avon on the western boundary of West Lothian, Carribber Castle or Rob Gibb's Castle is located a half-mile (0.8 km) south of the Avon Aqueduct and 2 miles (3 km) southwest of Linlithgow Bridge. Although much of this courtyard castle dates from the later 16th C. or early 17th C., it may have begun in the early 16th C. as Royal Stables and was then converted to a home for Robert Gib, Lord of Carriber (c.1490 - 1558), who was Master of Stables to King James V. The walls are strong but not of great thickness (around 0.8m / 2½ feet), and the building extends to approximately 23.8m (78 feet) square. The entrance was probably from the south. The castle was occupied by a surgeon called Hay in 1710 and later passed to the Blairs of Avonton.

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