Pitlochry Castles

A Pitlochry Castle - Blair Castle's private army the Atholl Highlanders

Atholl Highlanders on parade in front of Blair Castle

Pitlochry Castles – Pitlochry is in the Highlands of Scotland, where clans held power by the sword.

Most importantly those who controlled the Castles held power. Because of this Blair Castle was the reason for the first Jacobite Battle at Killiecrankie in 1689. Blair castle was strategically so important that both sides of the conflict wanted to occupy and control the castle.


A Pitlochry Castle - Castle Menzies at Weem Aberfeldy

Castle Menzies 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.


Blair Castle, Blair Atholl by Pitlochry

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
Web: https://blair-castle.co.uk/

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