St Andrews Castle’s Bottle Dungeon – The Grimmest Of Scotland’s Many Castle Dungeons

At the north-west corner of St Andrews Castle’s courtyard stands a sea tower that served as a prison throughout the castle’s active life.

The upper floors are thought to have been used to imprison nobles, as well as accommodation for guests. The ground floor contained two chambers. The first was an unlit chamber with a narrow ventilation slit in the east wall. The second contained the castle’s infamous bottle dungeon, a 7.3 metre deep chamber cut into the rock. Common prisoners were lowered into the claustrophobic dungeon, which is around 4.6 metres wide at the bottom. To this day it is believed to have been one of the grimmest of Scotland’s many castle dungeons.

SOURCES: 

  • Information signs at St Andrews Castle
  • Official Souvenir Guide: St Andrews Castle, Cathedral and Historic Burgh

7 thoughts on “St Andrews Castle’s Bottle Dungeon – The Grimmest Of Scotland’s Many Castle Dungeons

  • December 24, 2017 at 10:28 am
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    I can remember looking into the dungeon as a little boy, Frightening !!!!

  • December 24, 2017 at 5:55 pm
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    This is yet another of Scotland’s seemingly endless points of fascination. Thanks for sharing- even the gruesome parts.

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      December 24, 2017 at 7:20 pm
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      You are quite right about Scotland having endless points of fascination! There is just so much to see and learn about!

  • December 24, 2017 at 6:28 pm
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    I was just shutting up shop so to speak for Christmas when I saw your post. The dungeon is indeed grim

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      December 24, 2017 at 7:20 pm
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      It certainly is!!! Can’t even begin to imagine what it must have been like to be imprisoned there. Very interesting to visit though.

      Have a lovely Christmas!

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St Andrews Castle’s Bottle Dungeon – The Grimmest Of Scotland’s Many Castle Dungeons

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