Historic Scotland

Opening times

Exterior can be viewed year-round. For internal access, phone 01786 450 000 in advance to arrange this.

 

Overview

Admire an outstanding gem of Scottish architecture built in the late 1500s.

Claypotts is perhaps the quirkiest castle in Scotland. Its most striking features are its elaborate elevations. Walk around it to fully appreciate the complex geometry of round towers, stair turrets and the crazy corbelling of the attic rooms.

The tower house is something of a time capsule: it’s barely altered and retains many original features, including, remarkably, its timber roof. It owes its state of preservation to consistent occupation for nearly 500 years of its life.