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MUSEUMS, CASTLES AND MONUMENTS

CLC Duchally Country Estate enjoys a fabulous location within easy reach of some of Scotland’s most famous museums, castles and monuments.

The Ardoch Camp is situated at Braco, just a few minutes’ drive from the resort. The site of Ardoch Fort regularly hosted a Roman military presence in the first to the third centuries AD and Emperor Severus built a vast marching camp for an army of 30,000 men.

If you want to see how the ancient loch-dwellers lived, visit the Crannog Centre on Loch Tay. Walk in the footsteps of the original Crannog dwellers and immerse yourself in village life and ancient crafts. Paddle on Loch Tay in one of the log boats and explore the thatched island homes that were such a huge part of Scotland’s iron-age history.

Perth Museum is one of the oldest attractions of its kind in the UK. A fascinating array of objects are exhibited, from portraits and photographs to meteorites and Miss Ballantyne’s record, rod caught salmon which weighed in at 64lbs and was caught in 1922.

The Black Watch Museum, also in Perth, exhibits almost three centuries of Military History. Clan museums, farming museums and the oldest public library in Scotland are situated in Innerpeffray, 4 miles southeast of Crieff.

The Jacobean battle sites at Killiecrankie and the infamous Bannockburn, just south of Stirling are well worth a visit.

Glencoe is not only one of Scotland’s most beautiful highland glens; it also has a fascinating and fearful history. The Massacre of Glencoe took place on 13th February 1692 when an estimated 36 members and associates of Clan MacDonald were killed after not being prompt in pledging allegiance to William lll of England.

Stirling Castle, Glamis Castle – the childhood home of the late Queen Mother – and the Wallace Monument of ‘Braveheart’ fame, stand proudly within the immediate area.

Blair Castle depicts life from the 16th century and stands in the grounds of the village of Blair Atholl in Perthshire and is the ancestral home of the Clan Murray. The impressive castle stands in Glen Garry and commands a strategic position on the main route through the central Scottish Highlands.

Just over an hour’s drive from CLC Duchally Country Estate is Edinburgh Castle with its fascinating museums and dramatic exhibitions. The castle stands on its great rock and dominates Scotland’s capital. To control the castle was to hold the keys to the kingdom and the building has witnessed many great events and sieges.

The castle was a military garrison from the 1600’s and it later held prisoners of war.

In 1996, the Stone of Destiny, where kings were enthroned for centuries, was returned to Scotland and is displayed in the Crown Room. The Great Hall was completed in 1511 for James IV and is situated at the heart of the castle. Its magnificent wooden roof is one of the most stunning in the UK.

Enquire at the reception of CLC Duchally Country Estate for information about local monuments and castles to visit during your stay.