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Ackergill Tower

Listed under Unusual Places to Stay in Scotland, United Kingdom.

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This tower started out in the late 15th Century as a fort, and its inhabitants, for the most part members of the Keith clan, spent a lot of time under siege from neighbours Clan Sinclair. So by the time Cromwell arrived to attempt to storm its walls they were ready for it. The Keiths built a five storey, oblong shaped tower house in a green and grassy spot on the cliffs near the coast. Passed around, the tower was sold to the Dunbars who held on to it between 1699 and the 1986 when it was sold and renovated into the exclusive hotel and function centre.

Ackergill has been lovingly restored, but so lovingly that it's now rather expensive to hire out (more than £6,500 a day), but if that price is simply untenable they hold special holiday weekends which include a chef and whiskey expert.

Written by  Jemima Jones.

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