Uttershill Castle

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Uttershill Castle was originally a late 16th century stone rectangular defensible farmhouse. This western half of the two storey castle consisted of a barrel vaulted undercroft, with a stair in the thickness of the east wall giving access to the main chamber, with probably a garret above. Defined by steep scarps and the possible remains of a wide north-western barmkin wall, the castle stands on a low platform. In the early 17th century, the Preston family founded the first floor hall house when modifying the main chamber and adding an eastern extension of a ground floor kitchen, with a solar and a garret above. Abandoned again in the early 20th century, the castle was then left to slowly crumble.

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Uttershill Castle is located south of Penicuik, off Pomathorn Road. 11 miles south of Edinburgh, on the A702-A701.


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