Link to printer-friendly page

Record details

External Ref:
Name:Excavation - Castle Sinclair Girnigoe
Organisation:Field Archaeology Specialists Ltd (FAS)
Date:Apr-Aug 2009


Three sessions of fieldwork were undertaken at Castle Sinclair Girnigoe by Field Archaeology Specialists (FAS) during 2009. The first, during April and May, saw the completion of the excavation in the buildings of the Outer Ward. The excavation of the ground floor West Gatehouse was completed, revealing a number of window openings and recesses. Excavation ceased at the mid-C17 deposits. The second session during June and July saw the reinstatement of the Outer Ward courtyard in preparation for its public opening in 2010. The final session in August saw the initiation of the Moat Project, which was designed to explore the archaeology of the dry moat on the south side of the castle. Excavation focused on two main areas, the south entrance and the area beneath the bakehouse. Excavation beneath the bakehouse allowed an investigation of the area of structural failure in the castle’s fabric, and a possible fault in the bedrock was found to be responsible. <1>

Note: A full report on the 2009 excavations (as of 25/03/2015) has yet to be produced.

Type(s) of Investigation


Grid Reference:Centred ND 3781 5491 (6m by 6m)
Map Sheet:ND35SE
Civil Parish:WICK
Geographical Area:CAITHNESS
Location:Castle Sinclair Girnigoe

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Publication/Article: Field Archaeology Specialists. 2010. Castle Sinclair Girnigoe: Excavation. Discovery and Excavation in Scotland (2009). 116-7. Paper (Original).

Related Monuments/Buildings

MHG417Castle Sinclair Girnigoe (Monument)

Related thematic articles

Conservation Areas
Listed Buildings
Scheduled Ancient Monuments
Designed Landscapes
Registered Battlefields
Marine Protected Areas