Visit Edzell and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Edzell, Angus. Now an inland resort lying between Strathmore and the Howe of the Mearns, Edzell is situated just West of the North Esk river. It dates from the 16th century but was much improved when replanning began in 1839. The picturesque valley of North Esk in Glen Esk is to the North of the village.
A little North West stands the ruined Edzell Castle, now an Ancient Monument. Originally it was the seat of the Stirlings, then it passed to the Lindsays of Glenesk, and became the most splendid castle in Angus. The oldest part is a fine tower-house, dating from the early 16th century. To this a quadrangular mansion was added by the 9th Earl of Crawford in the late 16th century, and in 1602 the buildings were completed by his son, Sir David Lindsay, Lord Edzell, who added a spacious walled garden or “pleasance” or viridarium. His arms and the date 1604 appear over the North East doorway. It has a bath-house and summer-house, and the garden wall displays a wealth of heraldic and symbolic decoration unique in Britain, including a series of sculptured panels portraying the Cardinal Virtues, the Liberal Arts, and the Planetary Deities, all of German inspiration. The walls are also indented with large square holes that, when seen from a distance, form the Lindsay arms.
The Castle was visited in 1562 by Mary Queen of Scots (her bower is in the main Stirling Tower); in 1651 by Cromwell's soldiers; and in 1746 by the Campbells, who caused much devastation in the name of Hanoverian loyalty. There is a fine dovecot in a neighbouring farm.
Nearby towns: Brechin, Laurencekirk, Montrose
Nearby villages: Aberlemno, Ardovie, Auchinblae, Bridge of Dun, Careston, Craigo, Farnell, Fern, Fernybank, Ferryden, Fettercairn, Fordoun, Gannochy, Garvock, Glenogil, Hillside, Inchbare, Kirkton of Menmuir, Logie, Marykirk, Maryton, Noranside, Oathlaw, Old Aberdeen, St. Cyrus, Stracathro, Tannadice, Tarfside, Usan
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