As mentioned, I have been here many times, it would be really good to take guests on tour with us there, on a nice day it is spectacular, on a grim day, you get the true feeling of life in 16th century Scotland. Either way, it’s a great place to visit and, aye – there is a pub down the hill if needed! I have held whisky tastings here for the privileged few! The castle is small when compared to others, there is no much evidence that the castle is haunted it does have an atmospheric feel to the it – a bit spooky.
Also well worth a visit nearby; The village of Abernethy, formerly Southern Pictish capital of Scotland, has a round tower, one of only two in Scotland. Abernethy played an important role in Scottish history. Several high status Iron Age hillforts are known to have stood in and around the area, the Romans made their mark nearby with a temporary marching camp at Carey and a large fort at Carpow, on the banks of the Tay. After the Romans left, Abernethy is said to have become the royal and ecclesiastical capital of this part of Pictland – there are quite a few Pictish names locally (Abernethy comes from the Pictish ‘mouth of the Nethy (Burn, small stream), and several carved stones, some of which can be seen in the museum. In 1072, Malcolm III ‘Canmore’ (big head) opposed the invading English king William the Conqueror at Abernethy, to negotiate a treaty. This treaty recognised the extended Scottish border, secured in the Battle of Carham half a century earlier, and gave Malcolm land in England in return for his paying homage to William.
Freestanding circular towers like the one found in Abernethy started to appear in Ireland in the 900s, they much more of a rarity in Scotland and it is thought that the tower in Abernethy was built by Celtic Culdee monks who had established a monastery around 1100. The purpose of round towers is unknown. The most common view, brought about by references in the Irish Annals to bell-towers, was that they were intended to ensure that hand bells rung by the Culdee monks could be heard over the widest possible area. Abernethy attracted speculation about its purpose that ranged from a pre-Christian religious monument to a Pictish royal burial chamber.
MCLEANSCOTLAND can take you to both of these historic places as a part of your tour. www.mcleanscotland.com