ⓘ Coull Castle

                                     

ⓘ Coull Castle

The castle occupies an important and commanding position along the northern approach to Aboyne. Built by the Durwards in the 13th century and was the main stronghold of the barony of O’Neill. The last mention of the intact castle was in a charter dated 17th February 1554 from the Queen Regent, Mary I, which grants "the lands of Cowle with their castle and mill, in the sheriffdom of Aberdeen." The castle was ruined by the first half of the 17th Century according to the collections of Sir James Balfour.

The ruins of the castle was dug by the landowner, Dr. Marshall Mackenzie after his land acquisition in 1912 excavations were continued by W. Douglas Simpson in 1922. The castle consisted of a pentagonal courtyard, at least three of the side towers. Slight traces of the castle are visible above ground.