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Dalmunzie Castle is located in County Perthshire in Blairgowrie, Scotland. The 16thcentury castle was built in the Scottish Baronial style and sits on a 6500-acre estate. The turreted castle is surrounded by mountains, glens, rivers, and its own golf course. The castle serves as a hotel with 20 unique themed rooms named after influential clans in Dalmunzie’s history over the last 500 years. During the period of 1782-1813 the MacKintosh family had financial difficulties and the castle fell into ruin. An L-shaped hunting lodge was built on the site in 1874, a larger lodge was built in 1884, and a Victorian wing was added in the 1890’s. The Gaelic language had been used in the Glenshee area for thousands of years, but disappeared during the late 19thcentury. After 350 years of ownership, the castle was purchased in 1920 by Sir Archibald Birkmyre. Birkmyre built a new driveway, Britain’s highest golf course, and a 2.5-mile railway to Glenlochsie Lodge. He also extended the main house by adding an Edwardian wing, the oak tower, and expanded the stables and staff cottages. Dalmunzie was used as a base during WWII. Dirkmyre sold the estate to a decorated WWII fighter pilot known as DW. DW transformed the castle into a country house hotel. The railway was removed in the 1970’s and the hotel was sold to the Campbell family in 1980. In 1987, the castle sold again, and in 2013 Roger Aston refurbished the castle into the hotel it is today. 

Knock Castle is located in the town of Crieff in Perthshire, Scotland. Built in 1885 for Glasgow merchant, William Miller, and then purchased by Scottish shipping magnates Lord and Lady MacBrayne, this Baronial home was constructed amid the hills of the Strathearn Valley. Knock Castle has become a four-star hotel and boasts 20 bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, a spa, two restaurants, a whiskey bar, a 12-seat theater, a steam room, sauna room, a gym complex, a lodge, and a swimming pool built inside the conservatory that is known for its spectacular views. The castle sits on 3.5 acres overlooking the town of Crieff. 

Taymouth Castle is located in Perthshire, Scotland. An
earlier castle was built on this site to serve as the seat for the Campbell
Clan in 1550. The first Marquis of Breadalbane demolished the original castle
in the early 19th century and built Taymouth Castle on the 450-acre
estate. The estate lies on the south bank of the River Tay, a mile from Loch
Tay in the Grampian Mountains. The castle was built with blue-grey stone and
constructed in the neo-Gothic style. The central building with its colonnade
and corner towers dates from 1806. The interior is lavish with intricate
carvings, plasterwork, painted murals, panels of medieval stained glass, and
Renaissance woodwork. There are many deteriorating buildings on the Taymouth
Castle Estate, as the castle sat unoccupied in 1982 and wasn’t purchased until
the 21st century. The new owners are restoring the castle into a luxury
hotel with a spa and equestrian center, which is set to open this summer. There
are also residences being built on the property. The property still boasts an
1830 circular tower, with a two-stage circular Gothic folly, although built as
a ruin, it was originally habitable. There are also two ruined temples, a semi
circular folly, a ruined tower, a historic urn, and a historic dairy made of quartz
stone that glistens in sunlight, which was visited by Queen Victoria in 1842.
Taymouth Castle has an 18-hole golf course built over the castle’s former deer
park, the course and hotel are closed and currently under renovation.