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Leuchars Parish Church is an ancient Norman cancel and apse, richly ornamented, with a 17th century bell tower and additions of the Victorian age. The church, dedicated to St. Athernase, was consecrated in 1244 and stands on a small hill in the middle of the village.
(The church tower is in real not tilted: that is an effect of the wide angle lens I used.)
On the outskirts of Leuchars stands this gate house of Earlshall Castle. A sign says it is private property, but that did not stop me from having a somewhat closer look:
This is as far as I dared to go; there was no-one in sight to ask permission for an even closer look.
Earlshall Castle, now privately owned, is the home of the Baron and
Baroness of Earlshall, whose ancestor, Sir William Bruce, built the castle
Until 1995 or so the castle and gardens were open to the public, now it is closed. Which is most unfortunate, since as I understand from a photo book of Scotland, there are some wonderfully decorated walls and ceilings in the castle (a typically Scottish phenomenon, between 1570 and 1650). That book shows a photo of a part of such a painting, with this text:
A nice wyf and a back dooreA tourist guide from Scotland from 1993, when it was still open to the public (with a tearoom and a giftshop), says this about the castle:
Oft maketh a rich man poore
Earlshall is a fine example of a 16th century Scottish castle, very strongly built with 5-feet-thick walls, battlements and gun loops. Richly fitted main rooms, including the long gallery with its magnificent painted ceiling and wealth of old timber pannelling. Still a family home with permanent display of Scottish weapons. Yew topiary gardens, nature trail, gardens. Earlshall is the home of the Baron and Baroness of Earlshall.
This map (17 kb) shows a red square where these three photos were taken; dates: 2 May 1998
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