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Glamis Castle is located in the village of Glamis in Angus, Scotland. Glamis Castle has a long history, having started out as a hunting lodge in 1034. It has been the ancestral seat to the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne since 1372. In 1376, a castle was built for King Robert II’s daughter and given to her husband, Sir John Lyon, Thane of Glamis. (John Lyon was Chamberlain of Scotland and is known as the progenitor of Clan Lyon.) The current castle was constructed in an L-plan design in the early 15th century with soaring towers and turrets with battlements. Some of the walls are 16 feet thick. When John Lyon the 6th’s wife, was accused of witchcraft and burned at the stake in Edinburgh, King James V seized Glamis Castle and lived there for a time. In 1543, the castle was returned to John Lyon the 7th.  In 1606, Patrick Lyon, the 9th Earl of Glamis was made the Earl of Kinghome and he began major work on the castle. The castle was used as a military garrison and restored after the soldiers’ disuse by Patrick Lyon, the 3rd Earl of Strathmore and Kinghome around 1606. Restorations also took place in 1689 that included a Baroque garden. In 1773, a billiard room, new kitchens, and new service courtyards were added. The Southwest wing was rebuilt after a fire in the early 19thcentury. The castle has remained the ancestral home of the Earls of Strathmore for over 600 years and has a long history filled with legend. The castle was the family home of the late Queen Mother, and Queen Elizabeth spent many childhood summers there. The castle boasts a small chapel, a great hall, a drawing room, a massive stone spiral staircase that travels from the basement to the battlements, and a secret room. The exterior has an Italian garden, a walled garden, the Dean River Walk, a pet cemetery, orchards, a grass maze, Macbeth wooden sculptures, and Monet-style fountains. Glamis Castle is open to the public. Guests can dine at the Glamis Castle Kitchen, shop at the pavilion, or rent the self-catering property, which is a six-bedroom home with a therapy pool and sporting facilities on the estate. (Glamis Castle is currently closed) 

Brechin Castle is located in Brechin, Angus, Scotland. The property was owned by the Maule-Ramsey family in the 12thcentury. The castle was built in the 13thcentury and served as the seat for the Clan Maule. The Maule and the Ramsey clans joined under a single chieftain in the 18thcentury and the castle became the home of the Earl of Dalhousie. The castle sits on top of a bluff on seventy acres overlooking the South Esk River. The property had once encompassed 55,000 acres. Most of the buildings date from the 18thcentury when a major reconstruction project began, which incorporated part of the original castle. The castle center was built in the 20thcentury. Brechin Castle boasts sixteen bedrooms, ten bathrooms, eight reception rooms, a turret room, a drawing room, and more. The interior has impressive columns, ironwork balustrades, detailed woodwork, and vaulted ceilings. The property has a courtyard, a walled garden, two gate lodges, three estate houses, a cottage, and extensive gardens. After two hundred and fifty years, James Ramsey, 17thEarl of Dalhousie, decided to sell Brechin Castle due to the high costs needed to maintain the castle. Brechin Castle was put on the real estate market in the spring of 2019 for $3,948,090. James Ramsey and his wife plan to live in a smaller house on the grounds. Brechin Castle is open to the public for a couple of months a year. 

Balintore Castle is located in Angus, Scotland. The 19thcentury Baronial style castle was built upon an elevated site in the moorland above Balintore Village. The castle has turreted towers and gables, while the main tower has a balustrade viewing area. The interior boasts a great hall, a gallery, a library, servant rooms, bedchambers, a beer cellar, a lumber-room, a dining room, and more. The castle was built to serve as a sporting lodge and used during the hunting season. In the 1960s, finding the castle filled with dry rot, it was abandoned. The castle remained empty, collapsing and vandalized until 2007 when the Angus Council purchased it from a Taiwanese businessman through compulsory purchase. A Scotsman purchased the property from the council and is restoring Balintore Castle for his residence. As you can see from the pictures, the castle needs a great deal of work. Balintore Castle is not open to the public.