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Castle Sinclair

Castle Sinclair
18 x 26 cm

There can't be many castles in Scotland with a more spectacular setting than Castle Sinclair Girnigoe. It seems almost to be part of the cliff that it's perched on. The strange name comes from the fact that it used to be thought that there were two castles. In fact it was just one with a moat and a separate gatehouse. Originally it was known as Girnigoe, but the name was changed in the Seventeenth Century to Castle Sinclair.


  1. Lovely...I can hear the water crashing around!

  2. Yes, I'm not sure I would have wanted to be living there in a storm!

  3. Hi Keith!... Another magnificent seascape!

    Despite all of its "cragginess" and desolation... you have breathed new life into an ancient survivor!

    Thanks for also sharing the historical information... that makes the painting all the more a living thing!

    Another gem Keith!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,

  4. Hi Bruce,

    It feels a bit 'desolate' here at the moment. I'm typing this with a gale blowing outside and rain lashing on the windows. It makes your warm words all the more welcome!

    All the best,

  5. Good morning Keith!... I couldn't resist getting back after your comment above!

    We had much the same kind of fall weather that you describe in your comeback... "gale blowing outside and rain lashing at the windows."

    As I laid in warmth and sefety of our home and bed before dropping off to sleep... listening to the blasts of cold wind trying to force its icy fingers under the window sills... I too... as in so many previous years of cottaging through stormy nights felt safe... and warm... and deeply blessed!

    Glad that my words... back to "You" in response to your gem... gave you a similar feeling of warmth during your stormy times!

    Ain't blogging great Keith??

    Warmest regards... and copious sunshine!

  6. Oh, if you get two comments from me, I apologise, one just disappeared :(

    I was just saying how much I liked your painting of the castle and how I know people from Wick who think they are descended from some St Clair settlers from France.

    Also it is freezing here and there has been snow in Glen Shee already!

  7. Thanks Rolina.

    Yes the Sinclairs (St. Clairs) are one of the main families in Caithness and, yes, they are supposed to be descended from Norman incomers.

    It's turned much colder here too. It's quite a shock to the system! My studio is in the garage and doesn't have much heating, so I'm going to have to start wearing some warmer clothes.

  8. Superb painting Keith. I've been trying to imagine how you managed that plein aire. LOL.

  9. Ha, ha, John. Yes I would have got a bit wet! The tide was out when I sketched it, so the sea was imagined.


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