Due to its strategic position within the Highlands of Scotland, this areas has been the home of significant structures since 1229.
Starting out life as a castle owned by Alexander Stewart, Earl of Buchan, then replaced in 1459 by a second Castle, before finally being built into the rather impressive and allegedly Haunted Ruthven Barracks.
Here we take a look at some photographs from this location, shot in June 2015, with the purpose of allowing those who have not been to this area to feel the atmosphere, and get an insight into the location.
Castle Menzies is a spectacular sixteenth century castle which was restored by the Menzies Clan Society. This has been the Seat of the Chiefs of Clan Menzies for over 400 years and importantly situated, it was involved in the turbulent history of the Highlands. Bonnie Prince Charlie, the Stuart Pretender to the throne, rested for two nights in the Castle on his way to the Battle of Culloden in 1746. It is located a little to the west of the small village of Weem, near Aberfeldy in the Perthshire highlands, close to the former site of Weem Castle, destroyed c. 1502.
Ruthven Barracks, Scotland, are the smallest but best preserved of the four barracks built in 1719 after the 1715 Jacobite rising. Set on an old castle mound, the complex comprises two large three-storey blocks occupying two sides of the enclosure, each with two rooms per floor.
Destroyed by Jacobites following their retreat after the Battle of Culloden in 1746, the Barracks ruins are maintained as an Ancient Monument by Historic Scotland.
Details : The core of the castle is a tower house built for the Rosses in the 14th century and greatly altered and extended in subsequent centuries. The original Ross line died out in 1711 and the castle and estate passed to an unrelated Ross family. The immaculately restored Balnagown Castle is now the Scottish home of Mr. Al Fayed who bought it in the 1970’s Continue reading →
Region : Highlands Location : North east end of Loch Ness, 2 miles (3 km) north of Dores
Details : Aldourie is the only Castle on the shores of Loch Ness that is habbital and has occupied the site for many years. Listed Grade A Highland Castle, with turrets and towers and nooks and crannies aplenty
Paranormal Phenomena : This tower house is said to be haunted by a ghost known as “The Grey Lady”.