The Great Hall

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The Upper Floors The Lord's Hall The Courtyard
View of the Great Hall from main entrance View of the Great Hall from the other side
Adjacent to the north tower above the gate, is the north range in which can be found the more public Great Hall. For security reasons, this hall did not communicate with the Lord's private Hall on the same level. It is there that banquets were held in honour of the Lord's guests, and where also business was conducted. The Great Hall possesses a magnificent hammer beam ceiling similar to those of Stirling and Edinburgh Castles. The High Table where the Albyns sat would have been positioned from wall to wall at the back of the room (see left picture).

A narrow staircase provided access to the storage rooms below on ground level, and this is the way through which dishes would be brought up to the guests.

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