Corgarff Castle

One of Scotland’s most isolated castles, pearl-white Corgarff guards the road through the high moors of Strathdon. Built around 1550, it was a crucial node on the network of military roads built by General Wade, and in the 1700s dragoons were stationed here to quell the Jacobites and to hunt down illegal whisky distillers. In 1571 the resident Forbes family was put to the torch by Adam Gordon of Auchindoun Castle in an escalation of those two families’ bitter rivalry, an event which became immediately infamous in the area. Corgarff is also where the Marquis of Montrose mustered his Royalist forces during the Civil War.