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A tour of Castle Menzies by candlelight

Aberfeldy, United Kingdom

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Experience hosted by Craig

2 hours
Includes drinks
Up to 8 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Experience: A tour of Menzies Castle - by night.

Tours of Castle Menzies have been conducted for sometime by the Castle Manager. Evening tours have been introduced to allow a more private and intimate Castle experience to be offered. The evening format has been developed over the last year and only recently been formalised as an Airbnb Experience.

Format:
We will meet at the front entrance of the Castle. From there we will follow the following four step format for the tour.

1. On entering the Castle we will go to the Medieval Kitchen, where introductions will be made, and the group will undertake a safety briefing wherein the guide will define responsibilities and safety precautions.
2. An Introduction to the Castle will be given that gives an insight into why and how the Castle has evolved and talk about notable events, people and stories associated with its colourful past. An overview will be given of the ongoing Castle and garden restoration by the Menzies Clan Society & the Menzies Charitable Trust.
3. We will tour 15 rooms including the medieval Kitchen, Guard Room, Pink Room, Green room, Clan Gregor Room, Bonny Prince Charlies Bedroom, The Chiefs quarters, projecting towers, and Lang Garratt
4. The group will return to the medieval kitchen where a closing address will be conducted, questions may be asked, and a good bye drink shared.
Other things to note
1) The tour does involve moving around an old castle at night - As such guests should be steady on their feet and prepared to ascend and descend staircases
2) The tour will last 1.5 Hours
3) Guests should dress warmly - as the Castle will be cold especially at night or during the winter period.
Experience: A tour of Menzies Castle - by night.

Tours of Castle Menzies have been conducted for sometime by the Castle Manager. Evening tours have been introduced to allow a more private and intimate Castle experience to be offered. The evening format has been developed over the last year and only recently been formalised as an Airbnb Experience.

Format:
We will meet at the front entrance of the Castle. From there…

Craig's commitment to safety

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What's included

  • Drinks
    We will provide a soft drink for over 16s. A Whisky for Adults
From £15
/ person
Wed, 2 Dec
19:00 - 21:00
£15 per person
£15 per person
Fri, 4 Dec
19:00 - 21:00
£15 per person
£15 per person
Sat, 5 Dec
19:00 - 21:00
£15 per person
£15 per person

Meet your host, Craig

Host on Airbnb since 2014
  • 27 Reviews
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I am an Artisan, Designer, Interior Architect, half baked writer and former Military Engineering Officer (RE). I am also a native of Highland Perthshire.

A prodigal son, if you will. Returned, after twenty years in London.

Over the last 8 years I have supported my Father ( the Castle Manager) in the running of events and the ongoing restoration of the Castle; which is lovingly administered by the Menzies Charitable Trust and supported by the inspirational members of the Menzies Clan Society.

My passion is in sharing insights the Castle has imparted and by bringing my experience to bear in a personal appreciation of why the castle was established, how it has weathered turbulent times and what we may learn from the past. Lessons, about human nature, that may just help us reinterpret the present and realise our true worth and purpose
I am an Artisan, Designer, Interior Architect, half baked writer and former Military Engineering Officer (RE). I am also a native of Highland Perthshire.

A prodigal son, if you will. Returned, after twenty years in London.

Over the last 8 years I have supported my Father ( the Castle Manager) in the running of events and the ongoing restoration of the Castle; which is lovingly administered by the Menzies Charitable Trust and supported by the inspirational members of the…
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Where you'll be

WE will start our tour in the Medieval Kitchen. Then, progress from the present day main entrance to the Lang Garratt on the top floor.

We will visit 15 primary rooms within the Castle and describe how the present day building evolved, along with some of the notable residents, visitors and events. As well as giving an insight into Clan Culture, customs and history. Returning back to the medieval Kitchen for a light refreshment

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 27 reviews.

Charlotte
November 2020
Exploring the castle by candlelight was a very special, immersive and enlightening experience. David and Craig - the father and son team that conduct the tour - told us about the individuals that had been important in the castle's past and put its presence into geographical, social, economic and historic context. They encouraged discussion, and were able to answer the questions we asked. We felt safe and comfortable throughout, and Craig made sure we were aware of any wonky steps or uneven surfaces. I learnt a lot without feeling overwhelmed and feel I have a much better understanding of what it meant to be in a clan - fascinating!
Exploring the castle by candlelight was a very special, immersive and enlightening experience. David and Craig - the father and son team that conduct the tour - told us about the…
Clare
October 2020
A wonderful experience, Craig and David are so knowledgeable and it’s a great way to see the beauty of the building. I would highly recommend.
Charles
October 2020
Both Craig & his father David were knowledgable and presented a phenomenal experience on history of the castle, the Menzies Clan and Scotland. The setting for a candle lit tour was perfect for a Halloween 👻 evening. The approach to the castle has a gothic bridge and a full moon gave it that extra spooky flare. A glass of whisky 🥃 was a perfect way to finish the tour. Thank you both. Slante 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
Both Craig & his father David were knowledgable and presented a phenomenal experience on history of the castle, the Menzies Clan and Scotland. The setting for a candle lit tour was…
Lesley
October 2020
Really enjoyed our evening tour at Menzies Castle and learned so much I didn’t know about Scottish History. Wasn’t an easy journey to get there because of the weather but so worth it when we did. Thank you.
Claire
October 2020
What a fantastic and unique experience!! From the offset the hosts were very welcoming and adhered to Covid restrictions. The stories and information given throughout the tour were very in-depth and interesting but not overwhelming. Touring the castle by candlelight/torches in a very small group made for a very atmospheric and personal experience. Both Craig & David were clearly very passionate and engaging making it an interactive tour from the start which again made it differ from your standard daytime/guided or self-led tours. Loved beginning & ending the tour in the kitchen with the proper fire going and a really nice touch to be given a local whiskey to sample at the end.
What a fantastic and unique experience!! From the offset the hosts were very welcoming and adhered to Covid restrictions. The stories and information given throughout the tour were…
Rebecca
October 2020
Thoroughly enjoyed our tour, Craig was most accommodating and so friendly. I felt right at home lol! Thanks for the whisky Craig, the icing on the cake!! :)

Choose from available dates

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  • Wed, 2 Dec
    19:00 - 21:00
    £15 per person
  • Fri, 4 Dec
    19:00 - 21:00
    £15 per person
  • Sat, 5 Dec
    19:00 - 21:00
    £15 per person
  • Wed, 9 Dec
    19:00 - 21:00
    £15 per person
  • Fri, 11 Dec
    19:00 - 21:00
    £15 per person
  • Wed, 16 Dec
    19:00 - 21:00
    £15 per person
  • Fri, 18 Dec
    19:00 - 21:00
    £15 per person
  • Sat, 19 Dec
    19:00 - 21:00
    £15 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 16 and up can attend.

What to bring

Bring warm Clothes and an emergency torch ( your mobile phone will be suitable).