Corgarff Castle

Corgarff Castle

Strathdon, United Kingdom.Corgarff Castle stands in a wild and lonely spot at the head of Strathdon. Head due west from here and the next road you reach is 20 miles away at Glenmore, near Aviemore. And en route you will have crossed the high northern slopes of the Cairngorm plateau.Through much of its history Corgarff has been of strategic importance, guarding the quickest route from Deeside to Speyside, a route later followed by the military road from Blairgowrie to Fort George. Its location ensured that Corgarff Castle has had an eventful and sometimes tragic history.The castle is th ought to have been built in about 1550 by John Forbes of Towie. It would initially have comprised a tower house set within a walled enclosure. The tower house would have been similar to the structure you see today: the surrounding wall would have been very much simpler and probably rectangular in plan.The Forbes family were supporters of the cause of the infant James VI in the years following the imprisonment of Mary Queen of Scots in England (see our Historical Timeline). The Gordon family from Auchindoun Castle near Dufftown were supporters of the claim of Mary to the Scottish throne. www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk

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