Gight Castle, which looms dramatically over the River Ythan a few miles upstream of Haddo, was for hundreds of years the residence of the Gordons of Gight, distant cousins of the Gordons of Haddo. This spectacular, famously eerie castle, which is now a ruin, is perhaps most renowned for being the childhood home of George Gordon, better known as the poet Lord Byron, whose mother, Catherine, was the last Gordon to reside there. Due to the gambling habits of Byron’s father, ‘Mad’ Jack Byron, Gight Castle was sold to the 3rd Earl of Aberdeen for his son, Lord Haddo. The latter’s premature death due to a riding accident led to the abandonment of the castle as a residence and its decline into ruin
It is still possible to walk up to the ruin and down the valley to the River Ythan.
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