Tonight, I am reporting on Drum Castle in Aberdeenshire, N.E. Scotland.
This castle was long associated with the Irvines who gained favour with the Royalty by being on the right side in the wars of the 1400s and 1500s. The current castle started life as just a Tower House albeit 70 ft high and with walls 12 ft thick. However, loyalty to the Crown worked in reverse in the various conflicts of the 1600s and 1700s leaving the family essentially on the losing side resulting in ransacking of the castle and loss of the family’s wealth. The Irvines did keep the castle but lost their wealth and influence.
The castle is now owned by heritage organisation, The National Trust for Scotland and is open to the public. Check website for details.