Since 1372 the Castle has been at the centre of the Estate and continues in this role today. Whilst a lot has changed since Robert II granted the lands at Glamis to Sir John Lyon, the underlying principle of having the Castle at the centre of the local community is as strong now as ever before. There are new and diverse ownerships in and around the village of Glamis but the Estate has a pivotal role through the provision of the management for the surrounding properties.
Within the Estate there is a combination of land and property uses providing great diversification. About 4,000 acres is farmed in hand – both arable and commercial cattle systems are employed; there are 100 domestic houses that are let out to residential tenants. Fourteen farms are farmed by long term tenants – most of these have been in the same families for several generations; there are other commercial properties which are rented by local businesses – including the Strathmore Arms. The natural environment and countryside at Glamis is managed through forestry operations and a team of gamekeepers who also provide some of the most exciting game bird shooting in Scotland.
Glamis has a lot to offer: the Castle is busier than ever before with exhibitions, large-scale events, concerts and plays; the gardens are beautifully maintained and include the ‘Macbeth Trail’ which helps to explain the link with the famous play. There are plenty of walks, bicycle trails and myths to explore – there is something for everyone!
“I was at Glamis with a team in june, my first simulated day! We were met by our host Willy who gave a warm welcome and we spent a day shooting 5 very different and varied drives of very challenging targets in stunning scenery! Lunch in the castle was delicious and the hospitality was above and beyond!! A return visit is definately in order for next year!”