Portencross Castle, West Kilbride, Scotland

This afternoon I am reporting on Portencross Castle, Ayrshire, S.W. Scotland which situated on the coast, thirty four miles S.W. of Glasgow facing the Firth of Clyde and Little Cumbrae Island.

Portencross was recently restored at cost of GBP1m  under aegis of the Friends of Portencross Castle.

Inside Portencross Castle

Brief history of the site and castle:

  • The site had been inhabited for thousands of years, with definite evidence of Iron Age (800BC to 100BC)¬†settlement.
  • The castle was constructed in three phases commencing around 1360.
  • Originally held by the Boyd family by King Robert I (of Scotland) in recognition for support at Battle of Bannockburn (1314).
  • The castle had close links with Scottish royalty resulting in a number of Royal Charters being signed at the castle.
  • Occupied by local fishermen after 1600s.
  • Roof was destroyed by a gale in 1739.
  • Became a scheduled ancient ¬†monument in 1955.
  • Consequent on GBP1.0m fund raising a full and extensive restoration was undertaken between March 2009 and September 2010.

The castle is open to the public during restricted hours in summer time.

Landscape view of Portencross Castle

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