Castle Menzies

Castle Menzies, Weem: Address, Phone Number, Castle Menzies Reviews: 4.5/5

Castle Menzies
4.5
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Our 16th-century 'Z-plan' castle is a unique building with an exciting history: occupied by Cromwell's forces in the 1650s, captured by the Jacobites in 1715, and visited by Bonnie Prince Charlie for two nights during 1746 on his way to Culloden, before it was seized by Hanoverian forces. The Castle was the seat of the Chiefs of Clan Menzies for over 400 years. Situated in a strategic location, it was involved in much of the turbulent history of the Highlands. Castle Menzies is a spectacular sixteenth century Scottish castle, restored during the twentieth century by the Menzies Clan Society. Architecturally fascinating, it is a splendid Renaissance example of the transition in Scottish castles from earlier rugged Highland fortresses to later mansion houses. Many of the Castle's rooms remain intentionally unfurnished to allow a better understanding of the structure and fabric of the building, which our visitors greatly appreciate. This is not a plushly furnished family home. Rescued as a ruin in 1957 by the then recently re-formed Menzies Clan Society, the Castle has been lovingly restored from dereliction by generations of Society members and was placed into a charitable trust in 1993. It is open to all as a visitor attraction, museum, Clan centre for the Menzies Clan and venue for weddings, concerts and other hire. All proceeds are exclusively used for the continued restoration and maintenance of the Castle, its Walled Garden and the Old Kirk of Weem.
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Alan B
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Great Castle to visit. Family friendly
Jul. 2021 • Family
Fantastic Castle. Staff were very welcoming and friendly. You walk yourself round the castle which was nice and relaxed and means you can spend as long as you want in each room. There's plenty of interesting facts on the walls and the rooms go from furnished and decorative to bare brick which adds to the variety and charm. I took the family (three kids) and they all really enjoyed visiting. Great value for a couple of hours (£20 for family ticket) and there's a lovely tea room and garden at the back to relax on a sunny day. Can't recommend enough, wonderful place. Loved it!!!
Written 25 July 2021
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Miriam M
2 contributions
Just the best castle!
Jul. 2021 • Family
Such a great castle. Lots to see and great to be given time and space to wander and enjoy it at your leisure. Staff lovely, at reception and in the small but perfectly formed tearoom with excellent cakes ☺️ enjoyed the walk up to the walled gardens too. The Menzies castle trust have done an incredible job bringing the castle back into use. Well worth a visit.
Written 6 July 2021
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BC0207
Scotland58 contributions
Menzies Clan are pretty awesome!
May 2021 • Couples
A not so hidden gem!! You can clearly see it from the road in its imposing stance. Fascinating place and I never realised the Menzies family were so interesting and influential all over the world. The restoration work is doing really well and the new manager (former NTS) has lots of ideas afoot.
Wendy was a delight and a lovely lady to chat to about all the history of the area….especially Dull…which is anything but!
Spend over 3 hours there just absorbed in the history of the place.
Written 27 June 2021
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Ducatibabe
Cheltenham, UK808 contributions
A real castley castle with character, not too touristy. Worth seeing.
May 2021
We spent a happy half day climbing around the castle & reading about its varied history. It's a striking building with more inside it than you might expect, including a rather eerie death mask of Bonny Prince Charlie who stayed there.
The lady in the cafe was a bit off, but the others were lovely, & the tea & cakes were very nice. Well worth visiting especially in the rain.
Not too commercial but interesting.
Written 28 May 2021
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robin f
Lindfield, UK70 contributions
Fascinating restored ancestral home of the Menzies clan
Apr. 2021 • Couples
We popped in because we were passing, almost on the off chance. What a find! The castle allows you to visit almost every room and there are informative signs everywhere. We really enjoyed the dvd at the beginning which set the scene and it is such an uplifting story that the clan set up a trust to buy and restore the ancestral Menzies home.
The freedom to wander made it feel much less restrictive than a National Trust property and we really enjoyed it.
Naturally we enjoyed a delicious tea and cake in the cafe.
Written 24 May 2021
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Andrew D
Aberdeen, UK8 contributions
Great visit to Castle Menzies
May 2021
Went for a visit in the afternoon. The staff at reception were very friendly and very knowledgeable about Scottish history and and were keen to pass on their knowledge of the castle. The best thing is that you are able to wander about the castle yourself and take your time. There is a small kirk nearby where some of the Menzies family are buried, it is well worth a visit also. Unfortunately, by the time we arrived and looked around the castle, we didn't have time to make use of the tea room. I would definitely visit here again.
Written 24 May 2021
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Macbishop
United Kingdom11 contributions
Authentic feel
Apr. 2021 • Couples
Wonderful old building, with many rooms open to the public. Sparsely furnished but very atmospheric with a real old castle feel. Friendly staff and a warm tearoom. Lots of uneven steps (inevitably) so probably not ideal if you have mobility issues.
Written 5 May 2021
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Louise B
Moffat, UK1 contribution
The most interesting historic house, loved our visit
May 2021
You can explore the older part of the house from bottom to top, all fascinating with some hidden secrets on the way. We were fortunate to have a chat about the house with the manager who showed us the ‘Polish door’ which we wouldn’t have found on our own, and played a part in the house’s varied history. Interesting displays, lovely spot, walled gardens are being restored, altogether we loved the place. There’s a tearoom too and it looks a wonderful place to hold a function. Thoughtful touch is the ground floor video tour of the castle and reduced entrance fee for the disabled. We felt all the entrance fees were very reasonable. Best house I’ve visited for a long time, thanks also to the friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Written 5 May 2021
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John M
2 contributions
A genuine piece of Scottish history
May 2021
We officially escaped the lockdown today by visiting Castle Menzies, been waiting over a year as we had heard such good things about it.

Its just a mile outside Aberfeldy and well signposted. When you approach you are met with a pretty impressive castle very imposing and tall for a building of its age,
It dates back to the sixteenth century and has a later Victorian addition.

Fortunately you can park right outside instead of the usual mile away car parks found so often, there is a lovely reception with small shop and some nice souvenirs (Usual covid controls in place)

We were invited to take a self guided tour after being given an introduction to the history of the castle by the staff.

What's really nice is the very appealing unmolested nature of the property and the centuries of occupation and changes made apparent to all.

Some gems are the halls with superb expanse of locally sourced timber flooring centuries old.
Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed at Weems with his troops just prior to Culloden then literally days later The Duke of Cumberland!

The eerie death mask of the Bonnie prince is on display, you can see that he had in later life a stroke and the right side of his face drooped.

Make sure to ask the staff about the Polish army billeted at the castle during WW2, some amazing history in evidence.

The castle has dozens of rooms at all angles stemming from most major rooms and you get a real a real feel for castle life.

Internally its massive and just when you think you have seen it all you then move into the grand Victorian extension with another impressive hall and magnificent stucco ceiling.

To end our tour we had a lovely cake and coffee break in the café, externally an impressive walled garden and surrounding paths talking you through the former estate of the Menzies, great day out many thanks to the staff for warm welcome and presentation of lovely property
Written 3 May 2021
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Charlotte
Glasgow, UK42 contributions
A great castle to explore!
Oct. 2020 • Couples
We spent an enjoyable morning exploring this really fascinating castle, which contains some excellent displays on the history of the castle, its inhabitants and the local area. Great views of the local surrounds from the top floor too!

The Australian link (former Prime Minister of Australia, Sir Robert Gordon Menzies) was particularly interesting for us as my partner is Australian, and there were some really nice displays about the link. Also some excellent war-time and historical displays.

The shop had some nice souvenirs/Scottish gifts and the toilets were notably well-presented and clean.
Written 9 November 2020
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