Meggernie Castle is located on flat ground in a picturesque spot in the beautiful mountainous Glenlyon.
It consists of a 16th century tower house, square in plan, of five storeys, with a later adjoining 19th century mansion.
Situated on a private estate, it is best viewed from the road above that runs the length of Glenlyon.
~ History ~
1585 ~ 'Mad' Colin Campbell of Glenlyon builds a fortified tower house on land that was once Clan MacGregor territory until they were dispossed of much of their lands by King Robert II.
1587 ~ John Stewart, 5th Earl of Atholl, rescues the widowed Agnes Sinclair Countess of Erroll from Meggernie Castle, following her violent abduction from her house at Inchestuthill and assaulted by Colin Campbell with a force of 100 men.
The abduction was as a result of refusing to marry Colin Campbell.
1689 ~ Captain Robert Campbell of Glenlyon sells the castle to the Atholl Murray's in an attempt to pay off his debts, shortly before leading the Massacre of Glen Coe against the MacDonald's.
1700's ~ The castle passes to Menzies of Culdare, one of whom becomes jealous of his wife, a celebrated beauty much younger than himself. In a rage he murders her and then cuts her body in two pieces in the castle in an attempt to later dispose of the body. He develops a story that she has drowned whilst on holiday. In a fit of depression and guilt he later kills himself.
1745 ~ James 'Old Culdare' of Meggernie Castle, a known Jacobite who had played anactive role in the 1715 uprising, secretly shelters Jacobite fugitives whilst at the same time entertaining Government troops.