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The Parish of Birnie

Today, the Parish of Birnie still exists, but the Village of Birnie is only a tiny settlement consisting of several row houses and a school house (now converted into the Birnie Inn). And of course, there are a couple of superb distilleries taking advantage of our pure Birnie water.

We believe the location of Birnie Palace is in a farmers field just outside the village of Thomshill. When the (sometimes fortified) residences were occupied by the Bishops, they where known as Palaces rather than Castles. With only some buried rubble existing, there are no plans for restoration. However, visit Spynie Castle, the "sister" palace that eventually became the Bishop's home after moving from Birnie.


Excavations at Birnie and the impact of Rome on the Highlands (BBC Article 2008)

Also Dr Fraser Hunter Notes (Electric Scotland 2005)

Elgin Museum:

Exhibit of relics from Birnie Excavation. (Photos)

Spynie Castle