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Craignethan Castle Picture Photograph
Craignethan Castle is now, to all intents and purposes, a ruin. However, its very setting (in a very picturesque high point overlooking the River Nethan) makes it worth a visit.
The oldest part is a tower house built by Sir James Hamilton of Finnart in the 16th century, defended by an outer wall pierced by gun ports, and by a wide and deep ditch with a most unusual "caponier" - a stone vaulted chamber for artillery.
Looking East across the outer courtyard towards the tower house. Towards the front of the picture is the house of the Covenanter, Andrew Hay, which was built after he purchased Craignethan in 1659.
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