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Castle Menzies

on the B846, Weem, Aberfeldy, Scotland
+44 1887 820982
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Okay this is not one of your better castles but it deserves alook, and the history is worth noting... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Bigbigroy
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Telford, United Kingdom
Lovely Setting

Called here on a snowy Sunday morning in January but unfortunately it was not open until 14:00. The... read more

Reviewed 9 January 2018
Matthew A
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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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on the B846, Weem, Aberfeldy, Scotland
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+44 1887 820982
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Okay this is not one of your better castles but it deserves alook, and the history is worth noting. Its outside of Aberfeldy but we enjoyed the castle.

Thank Bigbigroy
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Reviewed 9 January 2018

Called here on a snowy Sunday morning in January but unfortunately it was not open until 14:00. The road leading to the castle is extremely pot-holed so take care if you value your cars suspension. Castle looked beautiful but could only judge from the outside.

Thank Matthew A
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Reviewed 20 November 2017

We round this impressive Castle and to see the huge changes after 20 years. We had a very comprehensive opening resume by the gentleman at the entrance and then walked round the castle. Many changes to the upper floors which certainly improved the scope of...More

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Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

From the friendly reception to the rustic interior this was an enjoyable stop-off. Our 5 and 3 year olds enjoyed the unrestricted nature of the visit, whilst we enjoyed the history and displays.

Thank John E
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Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

Visited when staying at moness resort, a good day trip, some really interesting history, kicked of by a short video giving you an overview of the Castle, really a tower house, lots of interesting photos, paintings and artefacts, was £15 go a family of 4...More

Thank Robert D
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Reviewed 15 October 2017

We visited on a wet day and we were greeted at the desk by the host who gave us a brief history of the castle and the clan as it would have been when it was lived and worked in . This is an active...More

Thank James S
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Reviewed 6 October 2017

Definitely worth finding your way to Castle Menzies! It may not be a fortification but it is an outstanding build and architecture, history and above all a very passionate caretaker/resident/receptionist and I suspect a Jack of all trades! I can't think of any historical building...More

Thank holland21
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Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

Visited the castle while on a break in Aberfeldy. We walked from Aberfeldy in just over 30 minutes. Found it very interesting learning about the history of the castle and the Menzies family. I also liked the fact that you can explore on your own...More

Thank Chris H
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Reviewed 6 October 2017

A little off the beaten track but if you happen to have any Menzies in your heritage it's well worth the visit. Gentleman at the front desk very knowledgeable about Scottish history.

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Reviewed 23 September 2017

We enjoyed our morning at Castle Menzies very much! The receptionist was very knowledgeable and took extra time with us to explain interesting facts about the Menzies family and the history of the property. I loved seeing the Gaelic Bible!

Thank LMS-223
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Stella578
7 May 2015|
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Response from Castle M | Property representative |
No, we don't have any plans for that and we wouldn't have the room or resources for it. Castle Menzies
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Stella578
7 May 2015|
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Response from Castle M | Property representative |
No, we don't have any plans for that and we wouldn't have the room or resources for it. Castle Menzies
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