Tuesday, 30 August 2011

A walk looking for old castles by blairgowrie

 From Gilmore House just walk a little bit into the town and take a left up Newton Street, you will pass by Newton Castle, until you reach Burnhead Road at the top where you great views of the town. Turn right and follow this road right along to Lornty Road.

 Take a left at this junction and just keep walking.

 You will eventually come to a junction, take the track on the right with the sign Muirton of Drumlochy.  The purpose of this walk as well as being a nice walk was to locate the remains of Drumlochy Castle and the whereabouts of Glasclune Castle.  Both Castles are now ruins. 

 I found the wood where I could probably access in to Glasclune Castle and actually met a friendly lady who lived at the farm further up, she said I would have to go down a bank, cross a burn then scale a ravine!, so decided not to bother. 
 Before the wood for Glasclune Castle there are some old farm steadings on the right which is Mains of Drumlochy, found out when I got home Drumlochy Castle remains would have been down on the left of the track, so near yet so far.

I came back the same way but walked home over The Knockie.  I took a photo of where I had just been and have marked the route, just click it to enlarge.  The cross to the right should be Drumlochy Castle and the cross to the left is Glasclune Castle where you can see a stone wall emerging from the canopy of trees.  In the 16th Century Glasclune Castle was home to the 'Heron' family and Drumlochy belonged to the 'Chalmers', they were feuding neighbours and apparently the Heron's purchased a canon and blew up Drumlochy.

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