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Broughty Castle

Built to guard the Firth of Tay, Broughty Castle looks today to be a fine tower house which dates to around 1454, when the 4th Earl of Angus was granted permission by James II to erect one.

Broughty Castle History

However, the upper walls of the tower, as well as the present stair turret, date from 1860-61, and were built when the country feared an attack from France. Robert Rowand Anderson designed the restorations.

A drawbridge (with large chain and weights) over the dry ditch leads to the courtyard, the walls of which date from the 1860s.

The rooms in the castle are now used for museum exhibits, displaying examples of militaria, whaling, fishing, lifeboats, railways, ferries, sea life and local history. The 4th floor has a small observation room, added in 1942.

Broughty passed to the Gray family around 1490, and they remained the owners until 1666. The Fothringhams then acquired it, but in 1787 Robert Burns noted it was a ruin.

The Broughty Castle was subject to an attack in 1547, though it surrendered without firing a shot in anger. It remained in English hands until 1560 when it surrendered to a Franco-Scots army.


In modern times the castle has been a garrison for various regiments, being armed with guns during both World Wars. It was converted into a museum in 1969.


Broughty Castle Map&Location

Address: Broughty Castle, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, Dundee City DD5 2TF, UK. Get help with directions using the map provided bellow:

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Broughty Castle Photos

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The Broughty Castle
At Broughty Castle
Broughty Castle closeup
Broughty Castle stairs
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