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Glamis Castle, Angus and Dundee

Location: Glamis, DD8 1RJ (map and directions)

Situated beside the village with which it shares its name, Glamis Castle is the home of the Earl and Countess of Strathmore and Kinghome and has been a royal residence since 1372. Glamis Castle was the childhood home of HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, and Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret was also born here.

Glamis Castle, Angus & Dundee - Wikimedia Commons
Glamis Castle - Wikimedia Commons

Located in the valley of Strathmore in Angus and 20 miles from the North Sea, the castle estate covers over 14,000 acres through which two streams run, one of which is the Glamis Burn. The garden is green, lush and is home to several walking trails, while an arboretum overlooking Glamis Burn contains rare and century-old trees.

Visitors to Glamis Castle have the opportunity to see the inside of this magnificent castle through the form of organised tours which lead through the castle’s 10 principle rooms, from the dining room, the crypt, the Royal Apartments where The Queen Mother spent her honeymoon with George VI and where Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret was born. Guests are also free to roam the grounds and gardens, as well as take tea in the castle’s tea room.

History of Glamis Castle

The castle changed considerably in the 17th century, when a West Wing was added, as well as a northeast wing witha chapel. However, in the 18th century when new kitchens, service courtyards and a Billard Room were added, the West Wing was completely destroyed. The East Wing’s pitched roof was replaced with castellations at the end of the 18th century and just three years later, at the start of the 19th century, the West Wing was completely reconstructed. Finally, gardens returned to Glamis Castle in 1893, when the 13th Earl created a Dutch Garden in front of the castle, and then, in 1910, an Italian Garden was added to the property by the parents of the Queen Mother. Since this time, no further major alterations have been made at the castle. The ceilings of Glamis Castle are particularly noteworthy in their detail and are considered the finest in Scotland.

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The castle gardens and grounds are open to the public, from March to December each year, but much of Glamis Castle remains a family home to the Strathmores.

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Other castles in Angus & Dundee

Balintore Castle
Ballumbie Castle
Brechin Castle
Broughty Castle
Claypotts Castle
Colliston Castle
Dudhope Castle
Edzell Castle
Ethie Castle
Finavon Castle
Glamis Castle
Guthrie Castle
Kinnaird Castle
Mains Castle
Melgund Castle
Powrie Castle
Red Castle

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