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“Grand Day for a Grand Castle” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cortachy Castle Angus

Cortachy Castle Angus
Airlie Estates, Kirriemuir, Scotland
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Ranked #8 of 11 Attractions in Kirriemuir
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“Grand Day for a Grand Castle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

What a wonderful day we spent at this grand castle set in the country. The river nearby set off the estate with wonderful mature trees in great variety in the parkland. The local highland dancers put on a great display by the youngsters - some very young. The pipes and drums played to welcome the crowds to this wonderful open day hosted by the Earl and the Countess who was in charge of the teas.

Visited May 2012
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“A let down”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2011

We went to the open day on Sunday 5th June, it cost £5 per adult to go into the grounds and we received one cheap photocopy of a map between us. But fair enough, we got to park and could wander around the gardens at leisure, though it was bitter cold weather which spoiled it.
What was a rip off though, was tea in the castle itself. Another £5 per adult. We sat at a table which was set for five, there was one small plate of sanwiches, one small plate of cheap nasty value shop bought cakes, a small plate of sliced fruit bread with cheap nasty margarine I thought was no longer available after WW2. Cups which staff filled with tea for us at the table.
My friend and I helped ourselves to sandwiches which were going stale, they must have been made hours in advance and left open to the elements. Cheap nasty fillings, they were gross. I didn't go near the cakes, though my friend helped themselves.
Then one of the staff approached our table with other people in tow to seat them, and then it dawned on us that the plates laid out were not for us two, but should have been for five people! This was implied by the look on her face when she looked at the plates and then us. We had eaten the sandwiches, eight tiny things with no crusts on them between us, how utterly greedy we were lol. My friend had demolished most of the cakes and we'd set about the fruit bread. Grudginly it seemed we were asked if we would like more tea. Well as the ration had been half a cup, we readily accepted this offer of another half a cup. This was like dishwater.
On relection, we would have been better to leave the table when we took our first bite of the stale bread, complained and got out tenner back.
Just because the castle is graciuosly opened to the public doesn't mean they have the right to serve such substandard food. If this had been 50p each, well we could have accepted it but a fiver each! Perhaps we were paying for the privilege of sitting in the old fashioned styled drwaing room/lounge areas who knows?
We've been there about 4 times now, and we recall in the past that it was cheaper and they made up funds by having a duck race and tombola. They also sell plants.
Our small community fundraisers are run by us volunteers who make delicious sandwiches, bake proper home made cakes and make lovely pots of tea and coffee.
Cortachy should do the same.
3 years it rained, and this year it was freezing, so we decided as we drove away that we won't return another year.

Visited June 2011
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