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Glamis CastleGlamis Castle is a living, breathing monument to Scottish hospitality; a place of joy, laughter and wonder for all. The castle, which dates back to 1372, was gifted to the Lyon family by the first of the Stewart monarchs, King Robert II and since then has been lived in and visited by many members of the Royal family.
It is the childhood home of HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, the birthplace of HRH The Princess Margaret and the setting for Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'. Above all, it remains the family home of the Earls of Strathmore.
Visitors can enjoy a comprehensive guided tour of the stately rooms, including the Queen Mother's Royal Apartments, and the legendary Crypt which houses the castle's best-kept 'secret'. Tours last approximately fifty minutes and run throughout the day. Foreign language translations are available for those visitors whose first language is not English.
The tour is only one element of the Glamis experience as there is so much more to see and do. For those interested in gardens there is the opportunity to have a relaxing stroll in the Italian Garden - a formal area designed by the 13th Countess. Pleached beech walkways, a fountain, box hedges and a raised parterre are just some of the features to be seen.
Glamis makes a big commitment to Green Tourism, especially when it comes to wildlife. Feeding stations are placed around the grounds to support the healthy population of red squirrels (now a rare sight in Britain) and native flowers have been purposefully planted to preserve the natural habitat of the wildlife at Glamis. This ensures the survival of many now rare butterflies and bees.
While walking through the grounds - be it in the Nature Trail, Pinetum or around the River Dean you will have the chance to see a wild variety of wildlife including; otters, salmon, herons, kestrels, stoats - and not forgetting the adorable fold of Highland Cattle.
Picnic benches are set out throughout the grounds and can also be found near the children's play area. So when the kids are letting off steam in the adventure park the adults can relax nearby.
Please check the castle website for current opening times. www.glamis-castle.co.uk It should also be noted that Glamis is available for hospitality throughout the year so if you're looking for a unique venue for your corporate event or a spectacular wedding location then it is worth considering.