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Ravenscraig CastleReference: SM90244

Status: Designated


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  • Category: N/A
  • Date Added: 30/09/1935
  • Last Date Amended: 28/04/1999
  • Type: Secular: castle


  • Local Authority: Fife
  • Parish: Kirkcaldy And Dysart

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNT 290 925
  • Coordinates329000, 692500


The monument comprises the remains of Ravenscraig Castle, built across the neck of a narrow promontory to the S of Dysart in the mid 15th century. Protected on the S, E and W by steep rocky cliffs and on the landward side by a wide ditch, Ravenscraig is believed to be the first castle in Scotland to be systematically planned for fire-arm defence.

The castle consists of a keep at the NW angle presenting a rounded front to the landward side. A curtain wall extends eastwards to join a projecting round tower at the NE angle which is similar in outline to the keep but not so high. It rises, however, from a lower level and contains the same number of floors. The entrance lies in the centre of the curtain wall and leads through a vaulted entrance passage to a courtyard. The considerable foundations of ancillary buildings extend seaward along the narrow top of the promontory.

The castle itself has been scheduled since 1935, but this rescheduling clarifies the extent of the protected area. The area now to be scheduled is irregular in shape with maximum dimensions of 130m from its northernmost point to its southernmost point by 75m from its easternmost point to its westermost point, to include the castle and an area around it within which associated remains are expected to survive. From the NW-most corner of the scheduled area the boundary runs in a clockwise direction along the line of a boundary wall, which is itself excluded from this scheduling, for a distance of 60m. It then runs for 50m in a direction S of SSE to meet the top of the coastal cliffs. The boundary then follows the line of the clifftop around the headland for 230m before turning NNE for 10m to meet the starting point. The area is marked in red on the accompanying map extract.


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Scheduled Monuments

We compile, maintain and publish a Schedule (a list) of monuments of national importance under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. Scheduling is the process of adding monuments to this list and affording them statutory protection. The aim of scheduling is to preserve sites and monuments as far as possible in the form in which they have come down to us today. Once a monument is scheduled, the prior written consent of ourselves is required for most works including repairs.

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