Category: scotland

Cluny Castle

Cluny Castle is located in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The castle was built in 1604 in a Z-plan design, which has a rectangular tower and smaller towers attached at opposite corners. It was Sir Thomas Gordon’s son, John Gordon who built the castle to replace an earlier house. By 1636, debt and reconstruction caused a financial burden and creditors mostly held the property until 1680, when it became the property of Robert Gordon. Cluny Castle passed between various branches of the Gordon family for close to 400 years. The castle served as a shelter against the Jacobite rebels in the 18thcentury. Colonel Gordon further extended the castle with several additions around 1820. This work took several years as the old castle was covered in granite to blend in with the new extensions. The estate went into a trust since Colonel Gordon had no heirs. Two wings of the castle and the adjoining chapel were destroyed by fire in 1926, but were restored. After the death of the colonel’s wife, the estate was passed to his cousin, Charles Arthur Linzee, who adopted the name Linzee Gordon to comply with the codicil on Colonel Gordon’s will. As of 2016, the castle has been privately owned by the Baron of Cluny, Cosmo Linzee Gordon, who did extensive renovations to the castle. Cluny Castle has circular towers, arched windows, and crenellated parapets all nestled in acres of parkland down a tree-lined drive. Cluny Castle is not open to the public, but it is available for corporate events and weddings in the chapel. #Castles #ClunyCastle #Scotland #Aberdeenshire #WeddingVenue #CastleWeddings

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Inveraray Castle, Argyll, Scotland | @lib.er.tine 

Carberry Tower Mansion House

Carberry Tower Mansion House is located in East Lothian, Scotland. The property is mentioned in the 11thcentury when King David I of Scotland granted the land to the monks of Dunfermline Abbey. A square tower house was built on the site by the Johnstone family and eventually leased by the abbot to the King’s Advocate, Hugh Rigg in 1541. In 1567, Mary, Queen of Scots faced an army that was assembled of her confederation lords. She surrendered and was imprisoned. There is a monument on the property commemorating the event. After the Scottish Reformation, the lands and tower were annexed by the Crown. The property exchanged hands numerous times throughout its history. In 1760, John Fullerton moved into Carberry Tower and construction began to enlarge the tower. The estate continued to be altered and enlarged by the Elphinstone family who took over ownership in 1801. William Elphinstone completely redesigned the estate in 1861, which included an arboretum. William’s son Sydney, 16thLord Elphinstone married the sister of Queen Elizabeth. The queen visited Carberry Tower Mansion often in her youth. The widowed Lady Mary bequeathed the tower house to the Church of Scotland. The church used the tower for conferences and built an annex and chapel on the property, although some of the estate was sold off in parcels. In 2004, the tower was sold and underwent major refurbishment, and by 2011 it was purchased again. After millions of dollars were spent on improvements, Carberry Tower Mansion House became a luxury hotel and a wedding and event venue. The mansion sits down a tree-lined drive on 35 acres of parkland and has 30 en-suite bedrooms. Carberry Tower Mansion boasts a vaulted barrel-ceiling taproom, a library lounge filled with the sounds of jazz music, a music room with a 17thcentury fireplace, and a drawing room to enjoy your afternoon tea. The hotel also has a bistro and offers private dining. Outdoor activities include archery, falconry, laser clays, and nature walks. 

Tullibole Castle

Tullibole Castle is located in the village of Crook of Devon in Perthshire County, Scotland. John Halliday built the 17thcentury castle upon the land of a 14thcentury building site. The castle began as a tower house in the 16thcentury and was expanded by Halliday. The castle underwent further reconstruction in the 18thcentury, and changed ownership to the Moncrieff family around 1740. In 1790, due to financial difficulties, the roof of the castle was removed and sold to the owner of Glendevon Castle, but by the turn of the century the castle was reroofed. The castle was renovated in the mid 20thcentury and some of the Victorian elements were removed for older features. In 1662, ten women and one man were executed near Tullibole Castle for witchcraft; the laird at the time was William Halliday. He and his son John, along with several prominent locals from Crook and Devon, formed a tribunal and set out to prove the evidence of witchcraft. They unfortunately tortured people to receive confessions and used these confessions at the official trials. Eleven people were found guilty of witchcraft and hanged. In 2012, Rhoderick Moncrieff unveiled a memorial at the castle to commemorate the witch trials that his 17thcentury predecessor ordered. The half-ton sandstone pillar has the names of the victims etched on it and stands in the center of the 100-foot hedge maze. Currently, Rhoderick and his wife Allison run a bed and breakfast out of the castle. The castle grounds boast a 9thcentury ruined medieval church, an ancient graveyard, a carriage house, gardens, a maze, a moat, fish ponds, lots of wandering peacocks, and a ruined 18thcentury Doocot, which was used to house pigeons. Tullibole Castle serves as a wedding and corporate venue. 

Ben A’an

Ben A’an is a popular hill located in the Trossachs area of Scotland. #SightsToSee #BenAan #Scotland

Strome Castle ruins

Strome Castle ruins overlooking Loch Carron in Stromemore, Scotland. 

Kinfauns Castle

Kinfauns Castle is located in Perth, Scotland. Lord Gray built the castle in 1822-1826 on the site of a previous medieval stronghold. The gothic castellated castle stands two stories high with three story towers, a central flag tower, turrets, a large terrace, and battlements. An arboretum was built in the mid-19thcentury, along with a formal and walled garden, which is now occupied by private houses. The arboretum was said to house over 30 trees, which remained in the arboretum until 1970. The property has views of River Tay with woodlands to the north, and agricultural lands to the south and east. The 17thLord Gray commissioned improvements to the castle and structures on the estate until his death in 1930. The castle served as a hotel in the late 20thcentury, boasting 16 luxurious bedrooms, marble fireplaces, and opulent public rooms. In 2004, businesswoman Ann Gloag purchased the castle as a private residence. Ann is considered Scotland’s richest woman. Ann founded a stagecoach bus and rail company. She also owns Beaufort Castle and Balcraig House. Kinfauns Castle is not open to the public.

Fingal’s Cave

Fingal’s Cave is a basalt sea cave located on the Isle of Staffa. The uninhabited island is located in the Inner Hebrides off Scotland’s west coast. 

Kinloch Castle

Kinloch Castle is located on the Isle of Rum off the west coast of Scotland. Built in the late 19thcentury, the mansion served as a residence for Sir George Bullough. George’s father, John Bullough, was a textile mill owner from Lancaster who rented Rum Isle for a number of years before deciding to buy it. John purchased the island to create a shooting reserve, and he introduced more deer and game birds, as well as trees to the property. Unfortunately, John died in 1891, and George inherited the property, building a Doric temple mausoleum to his father on the land. George had the castle built in the castellated Tudor style, using red sandstone. The castle had its own electricity supply, modern plumbing, heating, and a telephone system. George owned a yacht and sailed around the world, becoming friends with the Japanese Emperor. There is evidence of this friendship represented throughout the castle, like the gift of the bronze Monkey Eating Eagle in the grand hall. The castle boasts a music hall with a mechanical orchestrion, a golden ballroom, a paneled dining room, a library, a drawing room, and a shower bath with multiple water jets. The property has formal and informal gardens, including a water garden and a walled garden. There’s also a golf course, a bowling green, and greenhouses. It is believed that at one time the castle also had a palm house that housed hummingbirds, turtles, and alligators. George and his wife, Monica, held lavish parties for the wealthy in the opulent surroundings they created. Monica was claimed to be a descendent of one of Napoleon’s sisters. In 1901, King Edward VII knighted George for his efforts in the Second Boer War. George died in 1939 while on a golfing holiday in France, and in 1957, the Bullough Trustees sold the Island of Rum with the exception of the family mausoleum. Due to the flat roofs of the castle and the amount of rain on the island, Kinloch Castle has undergone numerous repairs. The Scottish Natural Heritage, who operated the castle as a hostel until 2015, currently owns Kinloch Castle and Rum Island. Kinloch Castle is open to the public for tours. #Castles #KinlochCastle #IsleOfRum #Scotland

Glengorm Castle

Glengorm Castle is located on the Isle of Mull in Scotland. The 19thcentury Scottish Baronial home was built for James Forsyth of Quinish. Forsyth was not beloved on the island as he bullied crofters in the area, evicting the tenants and burning their cottages. He was even told by an older woman that he would never live in the castle he was building, and he didn’t, Forsyth was killed in a riding accident just before the castle was completed in 1863. His son inherited the property. Forsyth also asked an elderly woman what he should name his castle and she told him “Glengorm” to which he agreed, not knowing that in Gaelic Glengorm meant blue glen, a reference to the blue smoke that filled the air when Forsyth had the thatched roof cottages burned down. Set amongst forests, lochs, and hills, Glengorm Castle boasts five luxury suites, grand receptions rooms, a secret stairway, a game room, a whisky lounge, a library, and more. The castle is currently owned by the Nelson family and serves as a Bed and Breakfast and offers self-catering accommodations with rooms available inside the castle or in one of the six cottages scattered about the property. The castle has a café and shop and offers fishing, scenic trails, guided nature walks, Atlantic Ocean views, and complimentary whiskeys from around the world.