GLAMIS CASTLE

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GLAMIS CASTLE

Glamis Castle has been described as the most beautiful castle in Scotland.  Ancestral seat to the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne since 1372, the current fairy-tale building is largely 18th C.  It was the inspiration for Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the childhood home of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, birthplace of HRH The Princess Margaret and still remains a family home.  It is packed full of history and legends, including the ‘Monster of Glamis’ and the story that an entire family remains walled up somewhere in its 16-foot-thick (4.9 m) walls. A seat in the chapel is reserved for the ghost of a young lady.  Visits to the castle are by guided tour and take in selected rooms where you will hear tales of Mary, Queen of Scots, James V, the Old Jacobite Pretender to the throne James VIII and the allegedly licentious Mary Eleanor Bowes.  Outside are extensive grounds, which include a nature trail, a Macbeth trail, a walled garden and an Italian garden.  There is a play park, café/restaurant, shop and events are held at various times. Private tours of Glamis can be arranged and it is also available for weddings and corporate events.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Glamis
County
Angus
Post Code
DD8 1RJ
Main Historic Period
Georgian
Useful Website Address
Tip/Nearby
About 12 miles north of Dundee
Primary Management
Independent – Historic Houses member

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