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.
Stonefield Castle is located in Argyll, Scotland. The Scottish baronial mansion house was built in 1837 on the Kintyre peninsula and carries panoramic views of Loch Fyne. Stonefield castle was once the home of the Campbell’s, but an earlier building owned by the McAlisters of Barmore sat on this site. The castle boasts original furnishings, ornate ceilings, marble fireplaces, and wood paneling. The castle sits on the shores of Loch Fyne and includes 60 acres of woodland gardens. The estate includes a viaduct bridge, a stable and coach house, a tower folly, and a mausoleum. The castle serves as a hotel with 36 en-suite rooms, a restaurant, a bar, a library, and an arcade. Guests can fly-fish and enjoy the gardens filled with rare shrubs from Chile and New Zealand and rhododendrons from the Himalayans. The castle was sold in 1948 and has served as a hotel since the 1950’s.
Broomhall Castle is located in the county of Clackmannanshire in Menstrie village, Scotland. The Baronial castle was built in 1874 for James Johnstone. The three-story castle has a tower and was used as Johnstone’s private residence until his businesses fell into decline. The castle was sold to the Italian Riding School in 1906. In 1910, the Castle was sold to the Clifford Park Boys Prep School, with 10 boarders. The castle suffered through fire in 1941. The roof fell in and the building was gutted. Thankfully the German Schoolmaster had taken the boys out of the castle for a midnight feast when the fire occurred. Unfortunately, the fire allowed German planes to bomb the Clyde shipyards, and to safely fly away across the Ochil Hills. I’m unsure if this attack was planned in part by the German Schoolmaster, but it definitely sounds like a possibility. Broomhall Castle became a ruin until 1985 when it was rebuilt into a nursing home. In 2003, the castle was converted into a hotel with 16 en-suite bedrooms, a restaurant, and a lounge.
Dunnottar Castle (Scottish Gaelic: Dùn Fhoithear, “fort on the shelving slope”) is a ruined medieval fortress located upon a rocky headland on the north-east coast of Scotland. The surviving buildings are largely of the 15th and 16th centuries, but the site is believed to have been fortified in the Early Middle Ages. Dunnottar has played a prominent role in the history of Scotland through to the 18th-century Jacobite risings because of its strategic location and defensive strength. Dunnottar is best known as the place where the Honours of Scotland were hidden from Oliver Cromwell’s army in the 17th century. The property of the Keiths from the 14th century, and the seat of the Earl Marischal, Dunnottar declined after the last Earl forfeited his titles by taking part in the Jacobite rebellion of 1715. The castle was restored in the 20th century and is now open to the public.
The ruins of the castle are spread over 1.4 hectares (3.5 acres), surrounded by cliffs that drop to the North Sea. A narrow strip of land joins the headland to the mainland, along which a steep path leads up to the gatehouse. Buildings within the castle include the 14th-century tower house as well as the 16th-century palace. Dunnottar Castle is a scheduled monument, and twelve structures on the site are listed buildings.
Atholl Palace is located in Pitlochry, Scotland. The turreted palace has been established as a hotel for over 135 years, but was used as a school during both World Wars. In 1874, the palace was designed as a Baronial Hydropathic hotel with Turkish baths, treatment rooms, and luxury accommodations. The construction took 150 men four years to complete. In 1886, the lands were sold to William MacDonald who converted the palace into a luxury resort. The water therapy treatments were still available, but MacDonald wished for the “fashionable” to visit his hotel and so he added motor rallies, fancy dress balls, and tennis as further entertainments. In 1913, the Lunn brothers and their company purchased the castle and began modernization of the electrical; powered by generators. In 2001, The Castle Collection Company purchased the palace and an extensive refurbishment began. This included restoring the Victorian spa and Turkish baths. In 2005, the Atholl museum was established in the old servants wing of the palace. The Palace boasts 106 en-suite rooms, a spa, a snooker room, a library, conference rooms, all weather tennis courts, 49 acres of gardens, a putting green, a pitch and putt course, and guest cottages.
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.
Crossbasket Castle is located in Glasgow, Scotland. The
first tower was erected on this site in the early 15th century and
served as the dower-house of the Lindsay’s of Dunrod. Robert the Bruce granted
John Lindsay the lands of Kilbride in 1382, and the lands remained a part of
his family’s holdings until the 17th century. The property changed
hands numerous times throughout its history. In 1878, the inventor and
manufacturer of a waterproof material used for raincoats, Charles Macintosh,
lived at the castle and had a dye mill constructed on the property near the
River Calder. The castle was sold to the Clark Family and eventually came under
ownership of George Neilson in 1891. It was Neilson who created the castle that
is seen today. The castle continued to change ownership and in the 1960’s, the
castle served as an education center called James Little College. In 1981, the
Castle was sold to the Latter Rain Ministries and ran as a Christian center
until 2005. The castle was then sold to a developer, but the property remained
in an abandoned state until 2011. Crossbasket Castle was purchased by the
Reid-Timoney family who spent millions to transforms the castle into a luxury
hotel and event venue. Crossbasket Castle boasts nine bedrooms, a Gate Lodge, a
ballroom, a four-story private bridal tower, opulent public rooms, a tearoom, and
an award-winning restaurant. #Hotel
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