Tours

Castles and countryside

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We enjoyed a visit to the castles of Aberdeenshire – castle country in the rolling farmlands of the north-east. Our first and long overdue tour to Craigievar Castle. The pink castle is said to have inspired Walt Disney to create his Cinderella Castle. This castle in Aberdeenshire has a much more varied history. Built by the Clan Sempill in the 14th century and then owned by the Forbes family for 350 years. It was passed to the National Trust for Scotland in 1963.

We enjoyed exploring and the guided tour. The spiral stairs are steep and take you to the top floor where the servants would do the laundry and sleep four to a bed. This is such an excellent example of a tower house and we enjoyed hearing about the families who had lived there so long ago.

Smoking fish like a Jacobite

Bannockburn House in Bannockburn has been empty for many decades. However we enjoyed an open day there in September when we heard about the plans to restore this marvellous mansion house back to its former glory. Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed here for four weeks in 1746 planning for the Battle of Falkirk, nearby. It is very exciting since a local trust has been formed to buy the house and to begin a project of restoration. It is clearly a very significant part of our local, and national, heritage and Sublime Scotland looks forward to keeping in touch with progress.

During the September open day we enjoyed exploring the house and imagining how it was when Bonnie Prince Charlie was welcomed to stay. After the Battle of Falkirk he left from here to travel to Inverness and Culloden. The Jacobites had to be very clever when travelling and we saw how they enjoyed smoking their food in a whisky barrel.

Our guests enjoyed a private tour to Inveraray Castle and the town of Inverary on Loch Fyne. We also enjoyed the view from the top of the tower where we saw the stunning loch and mountains of Argyll.