Guide to Castles around Pitlochry

Blair Castles private army the Atholl Highlanders

Atholl Highlanders on parade in front of Blair Castle

Castles in the Pitlochry area include perhaps one of Scotland’s most famous castle in Blair Castle with its own private army, a unique distinction for any castle in Europe.

Castle Menzies Weem Aberfeldy

Castle Menzies built as a defensive home by the Menzies Clan Chiefs

The second of the two castles is Castle Menzies, once the home of Clan Menzies chiefs,  it is an outstanding example of a 16th century Z plan fortified house, which was critical for the survival of Clan Chief’s in those turbulent times. Castle Menzies is 15 miles to the south east of Pitlochry (full details below), at Weem just outside Aberfeldy.

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Blair Castle, the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl

Blair Castle is a 5 star visitor attraction, one of Scotland's oldest castles, dating back to 1269. It is also home to Europe's only legal private army, the Atholl Highlanders (the remnants of the old clan system when every clan had its own army). READ MORE

Address: Blair Castle Blair Atholl Pitlochry Highland Perthshire PH18 5TL
Tel: Tel: 01796 481207
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Castle Menzies

Castle Menzies Perthshire Open to the public, Menzies Castle is an outstanding example of a Z-plan Castle built in 1500s as a fortified residence for protection from enemies. READ MORE

Address:Weem, Aberfeldy, Aberfeldy PH15 2JD
Tel: 01887 820982
Web: http://www. castlemenzies.org