History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
A small projecting turret on the north side gave access to the upper floors. There was only one chamber on each level, and the walls are relatively thin for a fortified house, reaching just over 3 feet wide. There do not appear to be any defensive structures on the landward side, suggesting that Keiss was built purely with an eye to a seaborn attack.
The original entrance was destroyed when the cliff face fell away, leaving the remainder perched dramatically over the precipice.
Old Keiss Castle stands within the grounds of 'new' Keiss Castle, which has an entrance drive on the A99 just north of the village. The drive is clearly marked 'private', so I don't recommend access that way! Instead, take the signed road from the centre of Keiss that leads to the harbour. There is space for several cars to pull over just above the harbour. From there pass through a gate and follow a clearly marked footpath along the cliffs. The going is extremely easy and the romantic outline of the castle is visible in the distance along the entire route.
About Keiss Castle
Address: Keiss, Caithness, Scotland
Attraction Type: Castle
Location: Park at Keiss harbour and take the signed footpath along the cliffs, a distance of 3/4 mile. The nearest postcode for Keiss harbour (for satnavs) is KW1 4XD. Open access.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Nearest Accommodation to Keiss Castle:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Keiss Castle. 'Nearest' may involve a long drive up and down glens or, if you are near the coast, may include a ferry ride! Please check the property map to make sure the location is right for you.
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Tourist Information Centre
Caithness Horizons, Old Town Hall
Highlands and Islands
Tel: 01847 893 155