South East of Forres
Blervie Castle is a late 16th century Z-plan tower house that is sadly in quite ruinous condition.
The one lofty portion of the square tower that remains in a farm steading can be seen from the road. It is said that from the top seven counties can be seen, which explains why this location was chosen to build a tower.
With consideration you can park in a rough parking area next to the steading and walk round the tower which is surrounded by fencing for safety purposes.
~ History ~
1263 ~ The Exchequer Rolls record that the royal castle of Blervie, or Ulerin, is repaired in anticipation of the Norwegian King Haakon's invasion. It is held on behalf of the king by Alexander Comyn, Earl of Buchan. Fortunately, the invasion takes place on the west side of Scotland instead.
1590's ~ After acquiring the lands, the Dunbar's build themselves a fortified tower house.
1700's ~ The castle is sold by Alexander Mackintosh and then resold to the Earl of Fife. Most of the building is then later demolished to provide building materials for a new house to the south.