#81 Ballone Castle
Ross & Cromarty, Scotland
1590
This is NOT an official Lego site

This late 16th century Z-plan tower house was built by the Dunbars of Tarbat near Rockfield overlooking the Firth of Moray, but passed to the Mackenzies in 1623. The Mackenzie fortunes waxed, and they moved into a classical mansion in Tarbat about 1693, abandoning "Castlehaven", as they called Ballone. By the middle of the 18th century the castle was already unroofed and becoming ruinous. The ruin was purchased by an architect, Lachlan Stewart, and his wife Annie, a noted pottery designer, in the mid-1990s and has been restored. The entire castle with its five bedrooms, great hall and "theatrical bathroom in a turreted tower" is available several weeks each year for 2,500 per week, presumably while the Stewarts are on holiday. Housekeeping and firewood are included! Hopefully you'll not need to use the shot-holes. The photos of the castle below were taken by Dave Caw for his wonderful Calendonian Castles website, which has recently vanished from the internet.

 

Drawing of the ruin Plan of the castle

 

Photos of the Lego Model
Built December 2001
North View
The entrance is in the
square stair tower
Aerial View of the north side
East View showing
all 3 bartizans
South View
Aerial View of the south side
Caphouse View

 

Build Your Own
Lego Plan
Northeast Elevation Southeast Elevation Southwest Elevation Northwest Elevation


Other Ballone Castle pages:
http://www.ambaile.org.uk/smr/item/item_archaeology.jsp?item_id=8532
http://www.aluncallender.com/ballone_1.htm
http://www.northernsights.net/rockfield-10.html

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