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“An interesting ruin.”
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Edzell Castle
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Owner description: Edzell Castle is enchanting. The red sandstone castle walls, set amid pleasing green parkland, conjure up an image of a noble bygone age. Medieval society was not all fighting and feuding. Everyday lordly life in late-medieval rural Scotland is more readily understood at Edzell than at most castles.Edzell was home to the Lindsays. When they acquired the estate in 1358, the lordly seat was a timber residence beside the ancient church. During the 16th century, they built a brand-new castle a short distance away – the one we admire today. The ‘icing on the cake’ of their new residence was the wonderful ‘great garden’, added in 1604.
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“An interesting ruin.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013

We generally don't like looking at ruins at all, but this one is quite good. Some rooms intact and it has a walled garden with interesting early plaques of planetary gods, the 7 virtues etc.

We have had many examples of fantastic friendly and helpful staff on our visits roubd Scotland, and this was no exception - the lady at the ticket office/shop here was exceptionally helpful and welcoming.

Worth a visit but won't take you as long to go round as most of the castles.

Visited July 2013
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“Beautiful Garden”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2013

The gardens are quite amazing and so beautifully laid out and well kept. One of my favourite places to take visitors.

Visited July 2012
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Perth, United Kingdom
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“A fantastic place to visit............again”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

We were back seeing this castle again after a wonderful visit last May and took along our granddaughter as she just loves to explore new places. There's plenty to see and lots of little areas to explore but the best bit is the amazing Peacocks! There were two males and two females and as usual one of the males was putting on a full display. It's a truly magical place and must have been a very grand place in it's prime.

Visited April 2013
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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“A little bit of history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013

Well worth a visit . Interesting history and beautiful gardens. Obviously try to pick a day when the weather is good as this makes such a difference.

Visited August 2012
Thank Sabrina772
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Perth, United Kingdom
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“another place to spend a wee while”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2012

this is a castle set in a nice little nook in the countryside...and another lovely peacful place to enjoy your packed lunch. Its not a castle of drama or bloodshed or huge importance in fact it feels more like a fortified house than a castle!...The castles best feature is probably the gardens which unfortunately for us we didnt see them anywhere near their best as it was still early june...but we still really enjoyed our visit.

although i get the impression this castle is less frequented by visitors it is still exceptionally well kept and neat. there were none of my favourite audio tours but there isnt much need for it here- there just isnt as much eventful/important history to tell so instead they concentrate on the castle as a building and its owner with his projects to extend.

there are many helpful drawings of what the castle would have looked like had bits not fallen off or had the owners projects to build another staircase for his wife been realised...i really enjoyed trying to visualise what it could have been like between shooing the local inquisitive peacocks out of my feet....they were actually another nice feature of the garden

it is a smaller castle and probably not worth a big diversion unless the gardens are out but if you are nearby then yes its well worth a visit as it isnt expensive and wont take you long to have a good nose around.

Visited June 2012
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