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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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Dewar family wedding

Attended a family wedding. Amazing setting but access road was pot-holed gravel, but okay if you drive nice and slow. Beautifully restored. Be prepared for plenty of steps to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Runcorn
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Attended a family wedding. Amazing setting but access road was pot-holed gravel, but okay if you drive nice and slow. Beautifully restored. Be prepared for plenty of steps to reach the various function rooms. The wedding was magical. Rooms filled with flowers. Bagpiper. A real wedding with a difference.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Would make a great Halloween venue. A spare half of a clan fortress with meeting rooms built onto the side. There's nothing to see really except a downstairs "kitchen" room and small compartments off stairs of various sizes, then a huge open gathering room near the top. Part has deteriorated and was demolished. Not the most effective display as there... More 

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

Went up to see the Castle but found it shut with a small notice on the door closed till April . Unfortunately the Castle web site is still advertising times of opening with no mention of closure. It is a lovely looking castle but we will have to wait till the summer to see it this time round We took... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

Small in need of loving attention. Menzies owners be proud of your special tiny gem it is in need of a serious polish

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Billericay, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We were welcomed to the castle by the curator who had extensive knowledge of the castle and explained the history and it made it a really interesting visit.

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Banchory, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Castle Menzies is quite fascinating. The video introduction is interesting - though, perhaps, a bit too long. The driveway definitely needs potholes to be filled!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Castle Menzies is more a fortified Laird's residence than a castle. It was saved by the Clan Menzies society and is now maintained by a charitable trust set up by them. They are making a very good job of portraying the history of the castle and the mode of life that would have been lived in it. Worth a visit.

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Rochdale, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

This old Scottish castle is charming and the ancestral home of the Menzies. It is really good value and the man who was at reception was really nice and informative. The castle is full of charm and it's setting is lovely close to the village of weem and weem forest walks

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

We are currently on holiday from Australia, and decided to visit Castle Menzies on a whim. I am so glad we did! The gentleman at the front desk was polite and informative, and our children loved learning a bit of the history and how Castle Menzies is actually a tower house. The castle itself is beautiful, and I enjoyed being... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Had been here many years ago before renovations and were pleasantly surprised to return to see what a wonderful change had taken place. The rooms were done up beautifully with many artifacts and items from the original times. There was a beginning video giving an informative background to the castle .The gentleman who greeted us was so informative we felt... More 

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