Welcome to the website of Castle Menzies and The Menzies Charitable Trust.
Castle Menzies is a spectacular sixteenth century Scottish castle, restored during the twentieth century by the Menzies Clan Society. Architecturally fascinating, it is a splendid Renaissance example of the transition in Scottish castles from earlier rugged Highland fortresses to later mansion houses.
The Castle was the seat of the Chiefs of Clan Menzies for over 400 years. Situated in a strategic location, it was involved in much of the turbulent history of the Highlands. During the second Jacobite rising the Castle hosted both Bonnie Prince Charlie, who rested on his way to Culloden in 1746 and, just four days later, the Duke of Cumberland, son of the British Monarch and commander of the Government forces.
Rescued as a ruin in 1957 by the then recently re-formed Menzies Clan Society, the Castle has been lovingly restored by generations of Society members and was placed into a charitable trust in 1993. It is open to all as a visitor attraction, museum, Clan centre for the Menzies Clan and venue for weddings, concerts and other hire. All proceeds are exclusively used for the continued restoration and maintenance of the Castle, its Walled Garden and the Old Kirk of Weem.
The Menzies Charitable Trust
Castle Menzies and its associated property are held and maintained by The Menzies Charitable Trust, a registered charity under charity number SC022203, regulated by OSCR.
The Trust is a separate body from the Menzies Clan Society, although the two organisations do have close links.
Click here for further information on the history of the Castle.
Saving and restoring Castle Menzies
The Castle and the Old Kirk of Weem were saved from ruin and lovingly restored through the hard work, commitment and enthusiasm of members of the Menzies Clan Society, led by Dr A D (Bill) Dewar (1915 – 2010).
Click here for a history of the restoration.
If you are thinking of visiting the Castle, go to our Visit us page.
Highly rated visitor attraction
We are delighted to have been awarded a Certificate of Excellence for 2013 by TripAdvisor for the quality of the Castle as a visitor attraction, as rated by independent reviewers on TripAdvisor.
Weddings & hire
If you are thinking of hiring the Castle for an event, go to our Weddings & hire pages.
The Castle and the Trust are self-financing through visitor admissions, hire revenue and generous donations from members of the public. We currently receive no grants or public funding. Donations towards the upkeep of Castle Menzies can be made through our Virgin Money Giving page (which also collects Gift Aid if you are a UK tax-payer):
Menzies Clan Society
The Menzies Clan Society maintains very close links with The Menzies Charitable Trust but the Society no longer owns or maintains the Castle – such functions are carried out solely by the Trust.
Learn more about the Menzies Clan Society by clicking here. The Society’s website is full of information on the Menzies clan, its history and ways in which you can get involved as a member. Castle Menzies remains the Society’s clan centre and a very enjoyable Menzies Clan Gathering is held here every August.