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ID:MHG1660
Type of record:Monument
Name:Old Keiss Castle
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Photo by Ranger Service.  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsPhoto by Ranger Service.  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsPhoto by Ranger Service.  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsPhoto by Ranger Service.  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsPhoto by Ranger Service.  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsOld Keiss Castle (Slide 136)  © Highland Council© Please contact Highland Council for details© Please contact Highland Council for details© Please contact Highland Council for details© Please contact Highland Council for details(photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland Council(photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilDistant view of old and new castles (photo by Sylvina Tilbury)  © Highland CouncilKeiss Castle, Caithness, ND357617  © Keith TilleyCastle and pillbox at Keiss, Caithness, ND357617  © Keith Tilley(photo by Highland Council)  © Highland Council
Grid Reference:ND 3569 6164
Map Sheet:ND36SE
Civil Parish:WICK
Geographical Area:CAITHNESS

Monument Types

  • CASTLE (Medieval to 19th Century - 1058 AD to 1900 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 623: Keiss Castle, 350m SSE of Square of Keiss

Other References/Statuses

  • Historic Environment Record: MHG1660
  • NMRS NUMLINK Reference: 9307
  • NMRS Record Details: ND36SE1 OLD KEISS CASTLE
  • Old SMR Reference Number: ND36SE0001

Full description

ND36SE 1 3569 6164.
Keiss Castle (NR) (remains of) OS 1:10,000 map, (1973)

Keiss Castle, originally belonging to Earls of Caithness, and probably dating from late 16th-early 17th centuries stood four storeys and an attic in height. NE angle, which contained entrances, is gone, as have upper floors.
According to Rev John Brand, castle was ruinous in 1700, but in 1726 it is described as being in repair with 'at the side of it a convenient house lately built (Macfarlane 1906-8)'.
J Brand 1701; W Macfarlane 1906-8; RCAHMS 1911.

Keiss Castle is as described and planned by RCAHMS.
Resurveyed at 1:2500. Visited by OS (R D) 14 September 1965.

The condition of Keiss Castle is unaltered.
Revised at 1:2500. Visited by OS (N K B) 22 July 1982.

Keith Tilley posted photographs of this site on the Highland HER Facebook page in June 2011. <1>


Highland Council Archaeology Unit, HCAU Slide Collection Sheet 7, 136 (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG24258.


Keiss Castle (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG7432.


Untitled Source (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG3614.


Brand, J, 1701, A Brief Description of Orkney (Text/Publication/Monograph). SHG1990.


MacGibbon, D and Ross, T, 1887-92, The castellated and domestic architecture of Scotland from the twelfth to the eighteenth centuries, Vol 2, p. 267 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2442.


Mitchell, Sir A and Clark, J T (eds.), 1906-8, Geographical collections relating to Scotland, Vol. 1, 159 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2441.


RCAHMS, 1911, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Second report and inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of Sutherland, 143-4, No. 498; plan, illust (Text/Report). SHG2657.


Close-Brooks, J, 1986, Exploring Scotland's Heritage: The Highlands, 91; illust (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2053.


<1> Highland Council, 2011, Highland HER Facebook page, Keith Tilley, 07/06/2011 (Interactive Resource/Webpage). SHG25262.

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