History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The high cliffs surrounding Portknockie harbour offered another possibility. The promontory stands to the west of Portknockie harbour, a short walk from the famous formation known as Bow Fiddle Rock. The clifftop site was occupied from as early as 1000 BC up to the coming of the Vikings around 1000 AD.
The bank encloses an inner area of about 70 metres by 15 metres. Archaeological work has revealed that there was a wooden stockade here during the Iron Age, which the Picts later replaced with a much stronger palisade wall of timber logs. The walls were burned at some time in the past, presumably in an invasion, though we do not know when, or by who.
The excavated walls have since been reburied, so there is really very little to see at Green Castle. The real star of the show is the scenery; Portknockie is one of my favourite places along the Grampian coast, with marvellous landscape.
The signposted Moray Coastal Path passes beside Green Castle, and there is easy parking on any of the streets leading down to the harbour.
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About Green Castle
Address: Portknockie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Attraction Type: Prehistoric Site
Location: On the coast, accessed by a track from Patrol Road to Portknockie harbour.
Website: Green Castle
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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