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Castle Menzies History in Brief - On the death in 1910 of the 8th Baronet Sir Neil Menzies, the extensive Menzies estates were divided and auctioned by his trustees. With the divided estates were also sold the Castle and its contents, including many Clan Menzies relics.
The castle suffered from lack of love and maintenance before its sale, after it was sold it had various owners and tenants, none of whom were able to maintain it properly.
In 1957 the Menzies Clan Society bought Castle Menzies as a ruin. Huge amounts of work has gone in to restoring the castle to its present condition, by generations of Society members with the support of Historic Buildings Council for Scotland (now Historic Scotland) to what it is today.
It is an outstanding example of a C16th "Z" plan fortified house. Once the seat of the Chiefs of Clan Menzies. The Castle has a turbulent history linked to its location in the highlands. Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed here for two nights on his way to the Battle of Culloden in 1746.
Castle Menzies has 30 rooms on view to the public, all have been restored back to their original 16 century condition. You can also see the Menzies Claymore (sword) used by the Chief at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.
As you would expect with a castle of Castle Menzies's age it has its own resident ghosts. Ghost hunts are available through the year.
Castle Menzies is available for weddings, functions and concerts.
Open from 1st April to mid October each year. Monday to Saturday 10.30am - 5pm, Sunday 2pm - 5pm. 2013
Entry Prices 2017 :- Adults £6.50, Senior Citizens £5.50, Children £3, Family £15 (2 adyults + 2 children 6 to 16yrs - under 6 years free entry).
Santa visits Castle Menzies each year.
Santa's grotto in in the castle kitchen with a big log fire burning, one of his elves welcomes the children and takes them (with maximum of two parents/grandparents - as it is all about he children - parents/grandparents have to be quiet and say nothing) to his grotto. Each visit is aproximately 10 mins long, including a gift £11