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Ravenscraig Castle
Title: Ravenscraig Castle
Description: Ravenscraig Castle is one of the earliest castles to be designed to defend against artillary fire. Built for James II in 1460, the castle is now owned by Historic Scotland and although originally built as defence against the English, it also acted as a deterrent to the numerous pirates who plied their trade in the Firth of Forth. More information on the castle can be found here.
Date: November 2012
Ravenscraig Castle - Main Buildings
Title: Ravenscraig Castle - Main Buildings
Description: The main castle buildings consist of two round towers (west and east) which sit at either end of the fortified central range. This view shows the west tower and range.
Date: April 2006
Ravenscraig Castle - West Tower and Range
Title: Ravenscraig Castle - West Tower and Range
Description: The northern face of the castle, facing inland, is more complete with substantial walls remaining in the central range and the fine west tower. The castle is surrounded by a deep ditch on this side, with steep cliffs on the seaward side.
Date: April 2006
Ravenscraig Castle - West Tower
Title: Ravenscraig Castle - West Tower
Description: The west tower, as viewed here, is still an impressive sight. The widow of James II, Mary of Gueldres, lived in the tower and its outward-sloping wall head is a unique feature.
Date: April 2006
Ravenscraig Castle - West Tower
Title: Ravenscraig Castle - West Tower
Description: A view of the west tower with entrance walkway and ditch.
Date: April 2006
Ravenscraig Castle - Entrance and Ditch
Title: Ravenscraig Castle - Entrance and Ditch
Description: The main entrance sits midway up the north range wall, high above the surrounding ditch so as to be easily defendable.
Date: April 2006
Ravenscraig Castle - East Tower
Title: Ravenscraig Castle - East Tower
Description: The east tower is less complete but offers a view over the beach.
Date: April 2006
Ravenscraig Castle - Pathhead View
Title: Ravenscraig Castle - Pathhead View
Description: This view of the west tower is from sea level at Pathhead.
Date: November 2012
Ravenscraig Castle - Pathhead View
Title: Ravenscraig Castle - Pathhead View
Description: From Pathhead Sands, this view of the castle shows the rocky outcrop on which the castle sits and would be a good deterrent from sea borne attack. Below the rocks there is a path leading along the beach.
Date: November 2012
Ravenscraig Castle - View from the Park
Title: Ravenscraig Castle - View from the Park
Description: From Ravenscraig Park, through which the Fife Coastal Path runs, this view shows the Castle and the Doocot nestling against the sea shore. Note the high rise flats which dominate this part of the town.
Date: April 2006
Ravenscraig Castle - View over Ravenscraig Park
Title: Ravenscraig Castle - View over Ravenscraig Park
Description: The view to the east from the castle shows the castle Doocot in Ravenscraig Park and across the Firth of Forth towards the Bass Rock. The park was gifted to the people of Kirkcaldy by the Nairn Family, the famous linoleum manufacturers, in 1929.
Date: April 2006
Ravenscraig Castle - Graveyard
Title: Ravenscraig Castle - Graveyard
Description: Behind the castle lies an old graveyard while to the right are a set of steep steps down to Pathhead sands.
Date: November 2012
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