Castles and Heritage

This area is steeped in thousands of years of incredible history and culture which is seen all over this area, leaving you spoilt for choice.  Explore some of these exciting sites while you stay at Firhall Highland Bed and Breakfast in Grantown on Spey.  There are so many incredible things to see we have just highlighted some of them for you here.

Cawdor Castle – With absolutely beautiful gardens and imposing turrets this famous castle has literary connections to Shakespeare’s Macbeth.  As the home of the Thanes of Cawdor this castle is steeped in legend and mystery.  Enjoy the collection of fine antiques, furniture, art and books and even explore the 19th Century kitchens under the Castle itself.

Culloden – The site of the last hand to hand battle fought in the UK!  Run by the National Trust for Scotland and with a new visitors centre with innovative and interactive exhibitions this really is a way to transport yourself back in time to the hour that changed the highlands forever.

Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness – Just an hour’s drive away this is an excellent way to see the wonder of Loch Ness from a very beautiful and unique perspective.  Immerse yourself in the violent history of the Jacobite’s and see the breath-taking ruins that the struggles left behind.  Cruises of the loch are available and a great way to see it all from another perspective and maybe even catch a glimpse of the famous Loch Ness monster.

Knockando Woolmill – Originally opened in 1784 this wool mill has undergone an extensive and sympathetic restoration project.  You are now greeted with a beautiful set of buildings returned to their glory days, showcasing wool making processes that have remained unchanged for centuries.  See how the Scottish thistle is used in softening the wool for their beautiful shawls, hats, bags and other hand woven treasures.  There is a café with excellent homemade foods and demonstrations and activities during the summer months.

Ballindalloch Castle – A stunning example of a Scottish Baronial Castle, Ballindalloch has been the home of the Macpherson-Grants since it was completed in 1546.  It rests on the banks of the river Avon and not far from the Spey, which provide a natural moat.  This is one of the few Highland Castles that is still lived in by the family today.  You are invited to stroll around the rooms of this fairy tale looking Castle and explore the somewhat Royal connections it has had over the years.