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How to find Muness Castle

Muness Castle lies in the south east corner of Unst, Shetland's most northerly inhabited island, not far from the rocky headland of Mu Ness. From the ferry terminal at Belmont you follow the main road north west for two miles, then take a right turn for Uyeasound. To get to Muness Castle you follow the road through Uyeasound, from where the castle is well signposted. Unst shown within Shetland Islands Unst is one of the North Isles of the Shetland Islands, Scotland. ... See Shetland (disambiguation) for other meanings. ...

The grey stone walls of Scotland's most northerly castle blend well with nearby farm buildings, but there is no missing it when you arrive. The key to the castle is available locally: a sign tells you where. Travel guide to Scotland from Wikitravel Transport in Scotland Timeline of Scottish history Caledonia List of not fully sovereign nations Subdivisions of Scotland National parks (Scotland) Traditional music of Scotland Flower of Scotland Wars of Scottish Independence National Trust for Scotland Historic houses in Scotland Castles in Scotland Museums in...

The castle today

What you find are the remaining two-and-a-bit storeys of a three storey z-plan castle, though the corner towers are circular rather than, as is more usual with such castles, square. On the remaining two corners of the castle are outcrops of decorative corbelling that would originally have supported turrets at the second floor level. Neuschwanstein, Germany A castle (from the Latin castellum, diminutive of castra, a military camp, in turn the plural of castrum or watchpost), is a fort, a camp and the logical development of a fortified enclosure. ...

In its heyday Muness Castle would have had a walled courtyard on its south west side, complete with ranges of outhouses probably comprising additional accommodation, a bakehouse, brewery, stables and perhaps a chapel. These have long since gone, though their stone is probably still on view in the nearby buildings.

A single well protected door in the south west wall of the castle gives access to the interior. The ground floor comprises a large kitchen and a series of cellars, one of which is now used to display decorative stones and loopholes from the castle.

The first floor comprises the main hall of Muness Castle, the centre of social and business life. At either end are chambers. The principal chamber is at the far end from the main stairs. And from here the remains of a private spiral staircase can be seen winding up towards the no longer present second floor. Spiral stairway in the Vatican Museum Stairs, staircase, stairway, and flight of stairs are all names for a construction designed to bridge a large vertical distance by dividing it into smaller vertical distances, called steps. ...

Castle history

Collectors of castles may notice some resemblances between Muness Castle and Scalloway Castle on Mainland, and even with the Earl's Palace in Kirkwall on Orkney. All were built around the same time, and by the same family. Muness Castle was built by Laurence Bruce, the half brother of Robert Stewart, the Earl of Orkney. Scalloway Castle is a picturesque, dramatic castle at the seaside town of Scalloway in the Shetland Islands. ... This article is about the geomorphological/geopolitical term; MAINLAND is also a cheese brand owned by Fonterra, a New Zealand dairy company. ... The ruins of the Earls Palace, Kirkwall lie near St Magnus Cathedral in the centre of Kirkwall, Orkney. ... Location within the British Isles Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands, in northern Scotland. ... The Orkney Islands form one of 32 unitary council regions in Scotland, and are a Lieutenancy Area. ... There are different people named Robert Stewart: Robert Stewart, 1st Marquess of Londonderry Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh Sir Robert Stewart (composer) Robert John Stewart author and occultist Robert L. Stewart (astronaut) Robert Stewart (Canadian politician) (1850-1925) Robert William Stewart, oceanographer Robert Leslie Stewart, executioner Robert Stewart, Forres, Scotland, father... Earl of Orkney - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...

Laurence Bruce was appointed Sheriff of Shetland and set to work with a corrupt and cruel enthusiasm that was characteristic of the family. When Robert Stewart was succeeded by his son, Earl Patrick, Laurence Bruce felt threatened by the change. He therefore started building Muness Castle in 1598, even before Patrick Stewart set to work on Scalloway Castle. Both castles were designed by Andrew Crawford. Events January 7 - Boris Godunov seizes the throne of Russia following the death of his brother-in-law, Tsar Feodor I April 13 - Edict of Nantes - Henry IV of France grants French Huguenots equal rights with Catholics. ... Scalloway Castle is a picturesque, dramatic castle at the seaside town of Scalloway in the Shetland Islands. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ...

Bruce had good reason to feel concerned for his safety. In 1608 Earl Patrick arrived in Unst with 36 men and artillery, intent on capturing or destroying the castle. And they might well have succeeded had they not suddenly withdrawn for reasons that have never been explained. But it was only a temporary reprieve. In 1627 French raiders attacked and burned Muness Castle. It seems to have been repaired, but was no longer in use by end of the 1600s. Events March 18 - Sissinios formally crowned Emperor of Ethiopia May 14 - Protestant Union founded in Auhausen. ... Historically, artillery refers to any engine used for the discharge of projectiles during war. ... Events A Dutch ship makes the first recorded sighting of the coast of South Australia. ...

In 1713 the castle was rented to the Dutch East India Company to house the salvaged cargo from the Rhynenburgh, which was wrecked nearby. The Bruce family sold Muness Castle in 1718, and by 1750 its new owners had also abandoned it. The castle was roofless by 1774. // Events April 11 - War of the Spanish Succession: Treaty of Utrecht June 23 - French residents of Acadia given one year to declare allegiance to Britain or leave Nova Scotia Canada first Orrery built by George Graham Ongoing events Great Northern War (1700-1721) War of the Spanish Succession (1702-1713... Dutch colonial possessions, with the Dutch East India Company possessions marked in a paler green, surrounding the Indian Ocean plus Saint Helena in the mid-Atlantic. ... // Events July 21 - Treaty of Passarowitz signed November 22 - Off the coast of Virginia, English pirate Edward Teach (best known as Blackbeard) is killed in battle when a British boarding party cornered and then shot and stabbed him more than 25 times. ... Events March 2 - Small earthquake in London, England April 4 - Small earthquake in Warrington, England August 23 - Small earthquake in Spalding, England September 30 - Small earthquake in Northampton, England November 16 – Westminster Bridge officially opened Jonas Hanway is the first Englishman to use an umbrella James Gray reveals her sex... 1774 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ...

External links

  • Undiscovered Scotland illustrated feature on Muness Castle

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Muness Castle Feature Page on Undiscovered Scotland (814 words)
Muness Castle lies in the south east corner of Unst, not far from the rocky headland of Mu Ness.
Muness Castle was built by Laurence Bruce, the half brother of Robert Stewart, the Earl of Orkney.
Scotland's breathtaking countryside is studded with ancient castles, and many have stood strong for more than a millennium, each bearing witness to the rich and often bloody history of a nation that has survived generations of attacks from marauding invaders from every point of the compass.
Muness Castle for sale , castles property guide (707 words)
It is reported that French raiders stormed and burned the castle in 1627 and although it was subsequently repaired, the castle was uninhabited by the late 1600s.
The castle is understood to have been uninhabited from 1750 to the present day 16th Century castle on Unst is to be auction at a guide price of £50,000 after it failed to reach more than three times that amount last year.
Nearest castle - Eilean Donan Castle, Dornie,by Kyle of Lochalsh, Ross-shire.
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