Recently I had an opportunity to revisit The Lonely Castle. These are the shots that I missed from my first visit. I will try to explain each shot as I go.
One of the first shots that I missed and wanted to get was of a beautifully ornate fireplace on the first floor. The castle once again, was not to disappoint.
From there it was a quick trip up the spiral staircase inside the turret that is seen from the entrance. These turrets are lined in beautiful marble staircases.
While showing a fellow photog one of the rooms I stumbled across some nice lighting so I decided to take a few shots. Here is the one that I liked the best.
There where many exterior shots that I failed to get on my first trip due to the fading afternoon light. The first shot is of what I considered to be the carriage entrance.
This shot breaks my heart. Notice the trees growing out of the roof gutters. It’s only a matter of time before the roots from those trees breach the roof and once that happens, this beautiful structure will begin to crumble. I wish someone would take interest in this property and bring it back to life..so sad.
I duck through the carriage way to get some exterior shots of the front of the castle. The late autumn lends beautifully to this stately manor.
Mother nature is trying her best to reclaim the old castle. It’s only a matter of time..
Attached to the end of the castle overlooking the valley is a garden area, surrounded by large pillars of stone, iron fence and two large towers. Both are of the same dimensions. One is enclosed, once with a door to the outside and an underground passage way connecting back to the castle. Obviously intended for all season use.
The other tower, just across the way is open. This vantage point overlooks the valley and at the base of the cliff just below the castle are two heart shaped pools that Dundas had built to honor his love for his wife and daughter.
A look out from the tower and down to the base of the cliff reveals one of the two heart shaped pools.
Here are a few detail shots of the the towers and their amazing stone work.
As we leave the castle grounds I turn to take one last shot of my very first view of the castle. Still as amazing as it was the very first time.
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A stop at the main ground gates to take a few more shots of this magical place. Even the iron work is just stunning!
On this detail shot of the gates, notice the fertility iron work. The symbols of eggs being fertilized adorn the arch.
With my final shots it is time to bid a farewell to this grand old giant. My hope is that I have preserved a bit of history and maybe, just maybe, somewhere down the road someone will see this who can make a difference and bring this beauty back to life. I really hope so. I would hate to see something that took so much effort and talent to create, with such an amazing history, would just be left to rot.
Public TV in Chicago just introduced you and your work to me about an hour ago. I found myself heading to my pc to look up your website right away. What a thrill. Your concepts and reasons for capturing the art of decay are things I’ve believed in for years. The Lonely Castle strikes a particular chord in my heart as it took me back to my emotional ‘home’ … Scotland. What I wouldn’t give to be the person to preserve this structure. The effort and thought that went into it should not be lost to time, nor the people that gave birth to it. I stayed at a lovely 17th century castle in Scotland (Stuart Castle in Nairn) and the pleasure of knowing I contributed to the preservation of such a historical building was heartwarming. I’m so surprised that no one has sought to renovate and re-purpose this lovely structure. It would make the loveliest of privacy and ‘getaway’ trips. What atmosphere. Thank you for sharing your love of these sites and sharing them with us as you do. We are truly fortunate to have someone like you. I hope you have a show coming to Chicago soon because I’d certainly be the first in line. Great work!
This is just amazing, do beautiful!
I’m in awe of ur photos of this intriguing Dundas Castle. I almost felt I was
Or could be walking thru this wonderful Lonely castle. If I could I would
Be Very Very HAPPY to live in this Castle ❤️
Amazing photos. you captured the soul of this lost beauty. I just love it. thanks for going back to get the fire place I’d read about and the heart shaped pool.The way you captured the light in those rooms is magic. I can imagine the un-lived memories of the man and his wife hanging on the walls. why did the masons never try to save it! Maybe it’s not doable . like you said at least get the trees out of the roof that will keep the rest of it longer. Is there still a grounds keeper? I would love to hear from the keeper that lived there 25 years. did you see the ground keepers house? I’m glad the masons protected it legally. Thank You Thank You!
I have visited this castle. My husband’s great grandfather was one of the original masons that laid the rock. His name was Frank Pomeroy.
How cool is THAT!? Did your husband ever share any stories that great-grandfather had mentioned? A neat connection!
I can’t thank you enough for your two visits and documentation on this historical beauty. What respect and care you shared as you moved throughout its halls and grounds. I wish there was something someone could do to preserve whats there at minimum, but I could imagine it in its heyday! I really enjoyed the history you provided–it is the most comprehensive I have been able to find. While I have never had a desire to visit the state, this beauty makes me pine for a trip here. I heard that folks aren’t supposed to go in though. Boy, Im glad you did! I can’t thank you enough for your photos and love for this old, wonderful relic. Blessings to you from the great Pacific Northwest, Lakewood Washington!