Z-plan castle

Z-plan is a form of castle design common in England and Scotland. The Z-plan castle has a strong central rectangular tower with smaller towers attached at diagonally opposite corners.[1]

Glenbuchat Castle
Castle Fraser

Prominent examples of the Z-plan include Brodie Castle in Moray, Castle Menzies in Perthshire,[2] Glenbuchat Castle in Aberdeenshire,[3] Castle Fraser in Aberdeenshire, Claypotts Castle in Dundee[4] and Hatton Castle, Angus, Scotland.

A variant on the Z-plan is the C-plan, in which the two smaller towers are attached at adjacent corners of the main tower.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Stuart Reid (2006). Castles and Tower Houses of the Scottish Clans 1450–1650. Osprey Publishing. ISBN 1-84176-962-2.
  2. ^ https://www.castlemenzies.org
  3. ^ Glenuchat Castle on Undicovered Scotland
  4. ^ Claypotts Castle on Historic Scotland