Stanely Castle, Paisley, Scotland

This afternoon, I visited Stanely Reservoir in Paisley, S.W. Scotland wherein, in a semi-submerged condition, can be seen the remains Stanely Castle.

To reach a viewing position requires something of an adventure, entailing a hike along an unofficial and very rough trail which navigates round the S.E. of the reservoir from a start point near a petrol station. However, the hike proved a rewarding experience with opportunity to view and photograph many types of water birds which inhabit the reservoir.

The castle is located at the western end of the reservoir. It may have originally been built on an island in a marsh but, as the chronology below shows, was abandoned and became partly submerged when the area was flooded in order to provide Paisley with a clean water supply.

Historical chronology as follows:

  • Built by the powerful Maxwell family during early 15th century. An L shaped, four story Tower House built of local freestone and designed for defence.
  • Subsequently sold to the Ross family and then the Boyle family.
  • Finally acquired by the Paisley Waterworks Company which commenced supplying water to the fast growing town of Paisley in 1838.

The castle is in good condition and it is perhaps regrettable that no official access route exists to view the structure.

Stanely Castle, Paisley, Scotland

Stanely Castle, Paisley, Scotland

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