Castles
near Dalmunzie

Glamis Castle
Braemar Castle
Blair Castle
Balmoral Castle
Scone Palace
Scone Palace
Balmoral Castle
Blair Castle
Braemar Castle
Glamis Castle

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Castles near Dalmunzie

Four of Scotland’s most renowned castles are to found near Dalmunize, with many more nearby and further afield. The Castles listed below are among the best in Scotland for a day out, but please be aware of opening dates and times:

Balmoral Castle

A short drive north of Dalmunzie lies the Queens residence Balmoral Castle (21 miles – 35 minutes). Purchased by Queen Victoria in 1848, Balmoral has been the Scottish Home of the British Royal Family ever since. The original castle was considered too small for the needs of the Royal Family and under the supervision of Prince Albert a new building was designed. The Castle was completed in 1856 and the old building was then demolished. This building is commemorated by a stone which is located on the front lawn at a point opposite the tower and about 100 yards from the path.

Blair Castle

West in Tayside north of Pitlochry lies Blair Castle (31 miles – 50 minutes) the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. The castle enjoys one of Scotland’s finest settings in the heart of Highland Perthshire. With its roots in the 13th century, Blair Castle’s history extends over some 740 years. At the gateway to the Grampian Mountains on the route north to Inverness, the location was highly strategic. Today you can enjoy the wild beauty of the surrounding landscape but centuries ago it was a threatening and dangerous place. One of the first private homes to open to the public in Scotland, Blair welcomes more visitors than any other.

Scone Palace

South just outside Perth lies Scone Palace where the Kings of Scotland were traditionally crowned (33 miles – 55 minutes). Today, in the 21st century, it is the home of the Earls of Mansfield, and a major attraction to visitors from all over the world. Fifteen hundred years ago, it was the capital of the Pictish kingdom and the centre of the ancient Celtic church. In the intervening centuries, it has been the seat of parliaments and the crowning place of Kings. It has housed the Stone of Destiny and been immortalised in Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Glamis Castle

To the South-East in Angus lies Glamis Castle the legendary castle of MacBeth and home to the Queen mother (29 miles – 50 minutes). Glamis is a place of legends and fairytales. Family home of the Earls of Strathmore and a royal residence since 1372, childhood home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, birthplace of Her Royal Highness the Princess Margaret and legendary setting for Shakespeare’s famous play Macbeth, Glamis Castle is the royal house that has it all including ghosts!

Braemar Castle

Another castle nearby open to the public is Braemar Castle north of Dalmunzie on the A93 (16 miles – 20 minutes).The Castle is an impressive fortress built in 1628 by the Earl of Mar on the site of an even older habitation. Used by Hanoverian troops after the Jacobite Rising of 1745, later transformed by the Farquharsons of Invercauld into a residence of unusual charm. The L-plan castle of fairy-tale proportions with its remarkable star shaped defensive curtain wall, also has a central round tower with a spiral stair, barrel vaulted ceilings, massive iron “yett” and an underground prison.

We had a fantastic time, loved our cottage. Breathtaking views to wake up to every morning, a great place for skiing, walking, painting or just relaxing.

Linda Jones