The remaining buildings are mainly from the 15th and 16th century, but the site is believed to have been fortified as early as in the Early Middle Ages.
This castle has played an important role in the Scottish history thanks to its strategic location. This was where, in the 17th century, a small garrison held out for eight months against the invasion of the Cromwell army, and thereby saved the Scottish Crown Jewels 'Honours of Scotland', that were then hidden here, from destruction.
You could go and visit the ruins, but since it was so cold we just snapped a few photos of the majestic view, and the piper, and off we went! Brrrr!