Corgarff, Glenbuchat & Kildrummy Castles

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Corgarff Castle built in the mid-sixteenth century

MONDAY; DAY 4: Up at 8:30am for breakfast and went to the TIC (tourist information center) which was the ROYAL TRAIN STATION that was used by QUEEN VICTORIA. I ended up buying a hat because it was chilly the past few days (in the 50's) & a book titled "SCOTTISH GHOSTS". We took the A939 & went over a pretty Arched STONE Bridge &  took pictures of  BROWN COW HILL (Grampian). It was very DESOLATE & SNOWY. Our itinerary for the day consisted of 3 castles. CORGARFF  was at the top of a muddy steep hill & it was Raining, (again) Windy and Cold. This was used as an army barracks & had a star shaped wall surrounding it. Pictures were allowed inside. We laid on the beds & read the graffiti that soldiers left on the ceilings.

Inside Corgarff where soldiers slept
We stopped at a Ski Shop & had some hot tea & I bought some gloves. Then we found the MILITARY ROAD & walked some of it in the rain while I had a HOT PINK umbrella up. Some passer-byers laughed & pointed at me. Probably thinking STUPID TOURIST! lol There was also a sing that said "BEWARE of ADDERS".

GLENBUCHAT was next as it was also in a rural area. This was my 3rd favorite ruined Scottish castle. It didn't look big from the outside but once inside it had all kinds of stairs & rooms that you could still imagine what it looked like in it's heyday. Still raining, I took most of my pictures with my 35mm so my digital wouldn't get wet & I didn't get to videotape. This was a Z-plan towerhouse built in 1590.

view from the top floor of the moorland

Our last stop was the ruined KILDRUMMY CASTLE which was huge! It was partly surrounded by a moat & where the walls were burnt by a fire could be seen. It's a 13th century castle & has 4 round towers.

We stayed the night at KILDRUMMY CASTLE HOTEL. This was worth going out of our network of B&B's and Hotels. Our room was like a suite & we had a huge key for the lock to our room with a view of the back of KILDRUMMY CASTLE out one window and the other window had a view of a sitting area.  We had a 4 course dinner which was really good. I got MEDALLIONS of PORK & FRENCH ONION SOUP with a TASTE of FISH. For dessert I had CHOCOLATE TORT & hot TEA. Another great meal!

euphemy says:
I know I didn't eat as much seafood this trip. I'll make up for it next one. lol
Posted on: Sep 28, 2006
Aditu says:
I'm seeing a medallions of pork pattern here, unusual normally it's the pattern of seafood, lol.
Posted on: Sep 27, 2006
Aditu says:
HAHA That was a GREAT day to walk the militry road! Hey, Where's the picture we took before we went to dinner that night of you all dressed up in you skirt and heels :)
Posted on: Sep 20, 2006
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Inside Corgarff where soldiers sle…
Inside Corgarff where soldiers sl…
view from the top floor of the moo…
view from the top floor of the mo…
View when approaching Glenbuchat
View when approaching Glenbuchat
back of Glenbuchat
back of Glenbuchat
Inside Glenbuchat
Inside Glenbuchat
Glenbuchat steps
Glenbuchat steps
Interior door
Interior door
Kildrummy Castle
Kildrummy Castle
Burnt walls
Burnt walls
Our pretty room
Our pretty room
Our room at Kildrummy Hotel
Our room at Kildrummy Hotel
other side of our room
other side of our room
View of Kildrummy castle from our …
View of Kildrummy castle from our…
Ready for dinner
Ready for dinner
Alford
photo by: highlandmist