Death of the chatelaine of popular tourist attraction, Dunrobin Castle in Scottish Highlands
Here is summary information on Dunrobin Castle::
- Situated near the village of Golspie on the eastern coast, about 52 miles north of Inverness.
- The names translates as ‘ridge of the long grass’.
- Evolved from a medieval fortified square keep (which remains at heart of the castle). This was progressively embellished and extended culminating in the 1845 Scottish Baronial structure now evident.
- Associated with aristocratic titles Earl of Sutherland and Duke of Sutherland.
- Seat of the Chief of Clan Sutherland. (Note that the Clan crest is the cat salient proper.)
- The castle interior comprises 189 rooms.
- Open for visitors between April and October. Facilities include gardens, falconry demonstrations and a museum.
- A venue for weddings.
To the west of Dunrobin Castle, on the summit of mountain, Ben Bhraggie, can be seen a 76 foot high statue of the First Duke of Sutherland (1758-1833). The statue is controversial owing to the First Duke being at the heart of the 'clearance' policy described above. Paradoxically, the Duke's statute was paid for by subscriptions from the local communities, not the Sutherland family.