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Brims Castle Reconstruction A reconstruction of how Brims Caslte might have looked, with thanks to Andrew Spratt.

Brims Castle is located about four miles west of Thurso, Caithness, Scotland. There is also a small harbour, or port,(Port of Brims) a headland or spit (Brims Ness) and a small burial ground about half a mile away. It is the second most northerly castle on the British Mainland, with the Castle of Mey, a few miles to the east just beating it as the most northerly.

It is now a ruined farmhouse, the castle having been remodeled some time ago.

See the Microsoft Virtual Earth site for wonderful close up satelite images of Brims Ness, the castle and to the north, the small cemetry. (NOTE: Switch to "Aerial" and zoom in for the best view)

Black and White photograph of Brims Castle in 1961, from the front.

Below are excerpts from several books on Scottish Castles, describing the castle and it's history.

See the links page for more resources.

Learn about the Begg family who lived there 100 years ago.

Historic detail from the tower at Brims Castle, 1995By far my favourite and the most intriguing, is from the 'Civil and Traditional History of Caithness', by J T Calder (published 1887) He writes:

"..No place in the county has such extraordinary historical associations than this castle..."

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Unfortunately Calder neglects to say why! I have tried to discover more history about it but can find no more than William did in 1910.

Plan of Brims Castle Plan of Brims Castle, with the important keep shown in black.

Descriptions of Brims Castle

Listed Building Status

The Fortified House in Scotland

Castellated and Domestic Architecture of Scotland

The Castles of Caithness

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