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Issue 60 - A Well Kept Secret

Scotland Magazine Issue 60
December 2011


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A Well Kept Secret

We discover how new life is being breathed into a historic landmark.

At the gateway to the Scottish Highlands lies one of Scotland’s best kept secret, Taymouth Castle, a 16th century estate set on the water’s edge of Loch Tay, Perthshire. This historic castle is being completely restored and will soon offer a collection of private residences, luxury hotel and spa. Taymouth Castle is set to become the ultimate retreat that mixes vivid history, Highland hospitality and ‘action on the rocks’ with the finest salmon fishing on the River Tay.

The castle’s elegance and style will be evoked in its luxury spa hotel and collection of private residences, built using natural elements sympathetic to the surrounding estate. The original 1920s James Braid 18 hole golf course is also being modernised and extended in advance of the 2014 Ryder Cup.

Tucked away in the hills, the estate provides an air of peace and tranquillity, boasting the glorious views which make Perthshire ideal for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

The castle is rich in history, featuring fine plaster work and ornate carved wood. Its central staircase soars 100 feet through all four storeys of the central tower. Designed by Francis Bernasconi it is recognised as one of the most impressive architectural staircases in Britain. Taymouth Castle is most renowned for its stunning interiors and exquisitely designed Principal rooms, which include the Banner Hall, the Library, the Baron’s Room and the Chinese Lounge and Room, with most of the ceiling painted by the artist Cornelius Dixon.

The castle stands on the site of the much older Balloch Castle which was built in the 1550s. It wasn’t until the 19th century that the Campbells of Breadalbane rebuilt the Taymouth Castle in a neo-gothic style with renaissance woodwork, stain glass windows and hand painted ceilings.

In 1842 Queen Victoria stayed in Taymouth Castle on one of her first royal visit’s to Scotland, which inspired her to go on to purchase Balmoral Castle.

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