Thursday, March 17, 2011

GLAMIS CASTLE

One of the most famous castles in the United Kingdom is Glamis Castle situated in the lowland valley of Strathmore near the village of Glamis in Angus, Scotland. It is fantastically located near the hills and the mountains not far from the North Sea with two streams running through it. The sprawling 14,000 acre estate is home to the 18th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, Michael Fergus Bowes-Lyon, first cousin once removed of Queen Elizabeth II.

Glamis Castle, which is surrounded with beautiful gardens, lush green plants and walking trails, is a former home of Queen Elizabeth, the late mother of Queen Elizabeth II. According to its history, Glamis Castle came into the Bowes-Lyon family as a dowry of Princess Jean, daughter of King Robert of Scotland, when she married Sir Edward Bowes-Lyon. Queen Elizabeth II’s only sibling, Princess Margaret, was born there in 1930.

The castle was made famous by William Shakespeare in his play, Macbeth, but in reality, the historical Scottish King, Macbeth, did not actually live there. It was King Malcolm II of Scotland who took residence at Glamis. There are many horrifying legends attached to the castle: monsters, white ladies, ghosts and other creatures which often appeared and disappeared at night are frequently told. The Castle’s chapel for example is reserved for private family gatherings and tour guides often gave trivia to the visitors that one seat of the chapel is always reserved for “Lady Grey” referring to the White Lady Ghost who sometimes appear at the vicinity of the castle.
 One of the castle's amazing garden of Tulip flowers

Whether these horrifying stories are true or not, travelers became intrigued with its tale that Glamis Castle became one of Scotland’s best tourist attractions. Like most European castles, Glamis is open to the public and can be booked for a wedding ceremony.