For those who love history, the Scottish Highlands has plenty to offer, especially with the stunning castles sitting proudly across the land. Crubenbeg Country House is in an excellent location making it a great base to discover the many castles nearby.
Ballindalloch Castle is affectionately known as the ‘pearl of the north’. It has an extensive history and, since 1546, has incredibly been the family home of the Macpherson-Grants. The tower of the castle was first built in 1546 after the previous building was burned and plundered. In 1645 the castle was restored by the Marquess of Montrose. In 1770, the castle expanded with additions planned by General James Grant. Legend has it that his ghost still haunts the castle today.
Throughout the history, extensions have been respectfully made so that guests can enjoy the different aspects of the history during their visit.
Cawdor Castle is best known for its mention in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, with the main character being the Thane of Cawdor. However, Cawdor Castle was actually built many years after the death of King Macbeth. The 15th Century Castle has incredible gardens that are included in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland.
Cawdor Castle is home to the Dowager Countess Cawdor. The castle and grounds are open to visitors with a gift shop and café available.
Near the village of Blair Atholl, Blair Castle has over 700 years of history and have been home to the Atholl family for all of this time. The castle is a category A listed building and is a popular tourist attraction. With a rich and diverse history, there are many stories to be told. However, Blair Castle is perhaps best known as a place where Queen Victoria and Prince Albert stayed and loved.
Visitors can enjoy exploring the six-storey castle as well as the extensive grounds.