There are so many Castles and stunning Stately Homes to visit from Blervie House. Some of these need no introduction, some are ruins, some are family homes, most of these are very local, they are all worth seeing – here are a few of our favourites:

Closest to us we have the turreted Brodie Castle renowned for both its’ art collection and daffodil collection, a little further along is the private fortress Cawdor Castle, still a family home and linked to Macbeth. Don’t miss Ballindalloch Castle and Gardens, very much a family home and one of the finest surviving examples of a Scottish baronial castle home.

Set in stunning private grounds close to the River Spey. Plan to enjoy tea at the Castle and consider taking home a Castle cookbook? For a taste of life gone by and to truly wonder at the size of some of these castles visit the motte and bailey Duffus Castle, near Elgin plus Spynie Palace just a ten-minute drive away, the largest surviving medieval Bishop’s Palace in Scotland. Are you brave enough to enjoy the view from the ramparts? Balvenie Castle is next door to Glenfiddich so worth the call in. If you are out exploring the Moray Coast you might come across Castle Findlater and just consider living there in winter! Further afield is Craigievar Castle – the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Cinderella Castle and add in Castle Fraser to complete your day.

Don’t forget the ruins of Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness and a scenic drive north would take you to the French Chateau style Dunrobin Castle the most northerly of Scotland’s great houses and the largest in the Northern Highlands with 189 rooms. Associated with the notorious Highland Clearances there is a magnificent statue known as Mannie of the 1st Duke of Sutherland overlooking Golspie.

And last but not least take a scenic drive down to Royal Deeside and visit Balmoral Castle the Queen’s Summer Residence and enjoy the Royal Atmosphere of the Castle and surrounding area. In August who knows you may even meet the Royal Family.

Top Tip – Sunday mornings in August you might see the Royal Family attending the Church Service in Crathes.

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