A Secret Doorway Has Been Found Leading to Caves Hidden Under a Castle.
A secret doorway in a castle has been found near Glasgow, and wine bottles have been also found in the caves.
SINCE THE LATE 18TH CENTURY, Culzean Castle has stood in its current form on the west coast of Scotland, less than 50 miles southwest of Glasgow. But the caves in the dramatic cliffs below the castle have been there for much, much longer. Recently, a team of volunteer archaeologists investigated the entrance of the Stables Cave and discovered a forgotten doorway, built hundreds of years ago to control access to the cave’s entrance.
But it’s just as likely the bottles have a more mundane story behind them. Before the current castle was built, there was a castle here called House of Cove or Coif Castle, a nod to the caves below, and as early as the 14th century, there was a stone tower here. For many years, the caves were used as cellars, for provisions including wine.
The most exciting discovery of the volunteer group, though, was the door, which was buried about three feet deep. They discovered two sides of the doorway, with stones stacked eight layers high, framing a space about 3.6 feet across. It could have “been secured with a draw bar,” according to the National Trust. If you have access to a good cave—all the more reason to keep other people out.
Clancy's comment: Wow, nice looking castle, eh? Reminds me of the 'Famous Five' series by Enid Blyton. Looks like a great writer's retreat.