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Old Wick Castle, a Really Old Viking Ruin

The Old Wick Castle is one of Scotland’s oldest, dating all the way back to the 1100s. Quite a bit of its history is unknown but it’s believed to originally have been a fortress for Haraald Madasson, Earl of Orkney and Mormaer of Caithness (Mormaer of Caithness is a vassal title and a member of the Viking Age Norwegian nobility). It stayed in his family until 1231 when the last in his line died. The castle passed on to several hands but the only recorded action it saw was in 1569, when it was besieged by the Sinclairs and the then current occupants starved into submission after 8 days.

Not much of the castle is left; what remains today would have been the tower. It’s believed the ground floor of this tower was used for storage. Above that was the hall, and above that would have been the private chambers for the family.

Old Wick Castle, Wick, Scotland, UK - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/old-wick-castle/
Old Wick Castle, Wick, Scotland, UK - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/old-wick-castle/
Old Wick Castle, Wick, Scotland, UK - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/old-wick-castle/
Old Wick Castle, Wick, Scotland, UK - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/old-wick-castle/
Old Wick Castle, Wick, Scotland, UK - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/old-wick-castle/
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Old Wick Castle, Wick, Scotland, UK - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/old-wick-castle/

Old Wick Castle Overview

  • Coordinates: 58.42349166670,-3.08146388889
  • Fees: FREE
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Usage: Light
  • Recommended time: 30 minutes
  • Pets allowed: Sure!