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Castle Menzies

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Address: on the B846, Weem, Aberfeldy, Scotland
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+44 1887 820982
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Our 16th-century 'Z-plan' castle is a unique building with an exciting...

Our 16th-century 'Z-plan' castle is a unique building with an exciting history: occupied by Cromwell's forces in the 1650s, captured by the Jacobites in 1715, and visited by Bonnie Prince Charlie for two nights during 1746 on his way to Culloden, before it was seized by Hanoverian forces. The Castle was the seat of the Chiefs of Clan Menzies for over 400 years. Situated in a strategic location, it was involved in much of the turbulent history of the Highlands. Castle Menzies is a spectacular sixteenth century Scottish castle, restored during the twentieth century by the Menzies Clan Society. Architecturally fascinating, it is a splendid Renaissance example of the transition in Scottish castles from earlier rugged Highland fortresses to later mansion houses. Many of the Castle's rooms remain intentionally unfurnished to allow a better understanding of the structure and fabric of the building, which our visitors greatly appreciate. This is not a plushly furnished family home. Rescued as a ruin in 1957 by the then recently re-formed Menzies Clan Society, the Castle has been lovingly restored from dereliction by generations of Society members and was placed into a charitable trust in 1993. It is open to all as a visitor attraction, museum, Clan centre for the Menzies Clan and venue for weddings, concerts and other hire. All proceeds are exclusively used for the continued restoration and maintenance of the Castle, its Walled Garden and the Old Kirk of Weem.

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Great Historical Castle

Thought it unusual in its setting as it was tucked away behind trees and not imposingly high on a cliff etc. It was a lovely couple of hours spent gaining the history of the... read more

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thought it unusual in its setting as it was tucked away behind trees and not imposingly high on a cliff etc. It was a lovely couple of hours spent gaining the history of the castle. I would recommend a visit.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

£12 for two adults to see a hell of a lot in this castle. As we walked around there were people getting a tour around, might've missed it but I didn't see anything about tours at the reception, I would've considered it. Couple of negatives - tea room closed (we were starving) and the castle 'garden' was closed - weren't... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth visiting. Lots of rooms to see. Access to upper floors is via spiral staircase. Friendly and helpful staff. Refreshments not available when we visited due to staff not being available. Dogs not allowed but when we asked we were allowed to park at the rear of the castle in the shade to leave the dog in the car.

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Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The castle itself is fairly basic, but that is part of its charm, as it has not been modernised untastefully. Head for the attic for great views and a feel of a real castle. There is an audio visual film in the corridor ( as seen in Outlander) to the left of the reception, through the barrel room. The real... More 

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Dover, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Revisited Castle after 18 years since last visit, lots more now open to visitors, so nice to be able to walk around with the kiddies without having to keep up with a guide! Hope to attend the Clan gathering next year

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South Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really enjoyed the castle in all its guises.....bare rooms and decorated rooms. Our guide at the desk was the most interesting guy and gave us loads of information. For the money a very good place to visit.

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Cupar, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed our off-the-cuff visit to this "castle". It's a bit of a rabbit warren with wee rooms here and there and might be a bit tricky for anyone who is disabled. Climbing the three flights of the spiral staircase could be a problem. There are artefacts and portraits in many of the rooms and written explanations of everything. It's... More 

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Reviewed 17 April 2017

I would expect that Castle Menzies gets far fewer visitors than the very smart, but slightly overdone Victorian emphasis that you see at the nearby Blair Castle. However, at a much more reasonable price, and with an opportunity to see a much more authentic scottish castle you cannot do better than Castle Menzies. The rooms are not overly filled with... More 

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Pencaitland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

I went here with my 7 year old who loves his history and was amazed at the different levels and new/old parts of this castle. I have been before but thoroughly enjoyed watching his imagination run wild. Their are beautiful parts of this castle that feel like a stately home (dewar rooms) but also sparse scary and older parts with... More 

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Holden, Maine
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

This private castle was a gem. The guide was very well versed on the history of the Menzies (dont pronounce the z!) and of the area. Enjoyed all the rooms we were able to view. The castle is well maintained- look forward to the gardens being finished.

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