Highland Cow at Glamis Castle

Highland Cow at Glamis Castle

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Edinburgh and drove north, across the Forth Bridge, through Fife and into Angus where we reached our initial target of Glamis Castle.

Gardens at Glamis Castle

Gardens at Glamis Castle

Italian Garden at Glamis Castle

Italian Garden at Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle, Scotland

Glamis Castle, Scotland

Glamis has been home to the Earls of Strathmore since 1372 and has close connections with British Royalty, principally through the late Queen Mother ( 1900-2002). Summary information as follows:

  • A Royal hunting lodge existed on the site in 1034.
  • The current structure is the result of four stages of construction, two in the 1400s and two in the 1600s.
  • There is extensive parkland with a herd of Highland Cattle.
  • Close to the Castle are woodlands, a pinetum and an Italian Garden.

Guests toured the Castle interior. After Glamis, we continued north, into the Highlands via Glenisla and Glenshee, stopping for a break at Glenshee Ski Centre.

Glenshee Ski Centre

Glenshee Ski Centre

We reached our destination of Corgarff Castle late afternoon and were surprised to find the building closed to visitors. However, walk up to the exterior which occupies a high elevation and as such offers good views of the local Highlands landscape.

View from Corgarff Castle

View from Corgarff Castle

Corgarff Castle, Scotland

Corgarff Castle, Scotland

By Scottish standards, Corgarff Castle is relatively young notwithstanding which has witnessed much activity,viz:

  • Built 1550 by local Forbes family.
  • Raided and burned by the Gordons in in 1571.
  • Occupied by outlaws in 1607.
  • Occupied by Royalists in 1645.
  • Burned by Jacobites 1689-90.
  • Occupied by Jacobites, then Redcoats 1745-6.
  • Restored to private ownership 1802.
  • Used by British military as a base for policing illicit whisky distilling 1827.
  • Later became a ruin and was restored in the 1960s.

After departing Corgarff we continued north to Speyside and our final destination of Grantown-on-Spey where we checked into our lodgings.   Tomorrow, we travel south-west to Oban.

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