Built in the 1600s to replace the older Weem Castle that had burned down; some of Castle Menzies’ internal walls suggest they may have belonged to the earlier building. A cross between a protective stronghold and ornate residence, the renovations are clearly visible on the external walls- so take a walk round, particularly at the back.
Each floor is accessed by the spiral staircase which has well-lit large shallow steps. The rooms are large and small and it’s not always obvious where the doorways open to (sometimes dead-ends left after previous re-modelling) so the supplied route map is rather useful.
There’s the ‘Great Hall”, the ‘Pink room’, the Bedchambers and, of course, ‘Prince Charlie’s Room’. So many more rooms, I won’t list them here but it was a very interesting place to tour. The manager was very enthusiastic and worth talking to. There’s also a short video introduction. Worth a visit and easier to get around than some castles.
Outside (the forecast rain stayed away) I wandered up to the walled garden which is now being restored. There are notices on the path to beware of ticks.
The ‘Menzies Clan Society’ owns and continues to restore the Castle through its charitable trust.
Situated near to Weem and Aberfeldy, Castle Menzies is well signposted and, coming from Aberfeldy, you also drive over Wade’s Bridge. There’s parking outside and the reception is inside the main door.
The tearoom is open shorter hours than the castle and I suggest checking before making any plans to visit. Being an old building, there is little opportunity for people with mobility issues but there is a disabled toilet.