Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle


Location: Forfar, Angus  Map

Tel. 01307 840393


Mar- Oct: 10:30am- 4:30pm daily

Nov& Dec: 10am- 6pm daily

Last tour at 4pm

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Description of Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle is a medieval fortress situated in Forfar, Angus county of Scotland in United Kingdom. Although there was already a castle in the place since at least the eleventh century, the current building has its origin in the late fourteenth century. It was erected by the orders of Sir John Lyon, future Camerarius Domini Regis (Chamberlain) and also the king's future son-in-law Robert II, after he obtained permission from this for its construction in 1371. However, most of the rest of the current castle dates from the seventeenth century.

In 1435 the main tower of the Glamis fortress, which already was an impressive structure added the eastern wing, when Queen Mary of Scotland and her entourage visited Glamis in 1562. During the next century new changes took place, adding the West Wing and also the chapel of the northwest area. For centuries this castle has been closely linked to the British royal family, being the place of maiden residence of Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom, direct descendant of John Lyon, and future wife of King George VI and mother of Queen Elizabeth II. It was also the birthplace of Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, the first princess born in Scotland in the last three centuries.