September 2, 2011

0 Glamis Castle

 Glamis Castle (pronounced "Glahms") sits in Angus, Scotland, as the home of the Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne.  A royal hunting lodge was known on the site as early as the beginning of the 11th century, where King Malcolm II was killed, but the earliest castle form wasn't constructed until the late 1300s.  While Glamis acts as the home of Macbeth according to Shakespeare, the actual historical figure lived much further north.  Glamis was, in fact, the home of the Queen Mother, Elizabeth Bowes Lyon, wife of King George VI and mother to Queen Elizabeth II. 

 As we drove to the castle we passed two of the estate's gates.  Not bad for a first impression- impress your friends, intimidate your enemies!!

 There was no photography allowed inside the castle, disappointing but understandable since it holds so many delicate antiques and is still a home.  They do sell the nicest guidebook I've seen, though- it's hardbound and has over ninety color pages of history and photographs, so it helps make up for not having pictures of my own!

 Highland cattle in a field next to the carpark- yay!

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