Forter Castle

Kirkton of Glenisla Perthshire Scotland

From: 24255 to: 63945 / week.
Night : 3465

Forter Castle

Castle - Kirkton of Glenisla

Dating back to 1560, Forter Castle is situated in Glenisla, amongst the wild wonders of the Cairngorms National Park and the Scottish Highlands. It combines a rich history with luxurious interiors, full of traditional character and modern comforts.

Set across five floors, the castle accommodates up to sixteen guests in seven individually designed bedrooms and boasts a stunning Great Hall with large fireplace and hand-painted ceiling. You can choose to self-cater, or bring in external catering for one or more nights.

The caste is privy to some of the most magnificent views in Scotland. The beauty of the Scottish countryside can be seen from every window.

Many of the bedrooms have breath-taking views across to the nearby mountains of the Cairngorms.

For us, the highlight is the Laird’s Room, a chamber which fills the entire footprint of the castle, and boasts its own library area and sofa.


In times gone by, the only way to gain access to Forter Castle was with an army. However, for you and your party, restrictions have been loosened!

The Great Hall

The Great Hall spans the entire width of the castle and is a fabulous space for entertaining or just to relax in on the large sofas. The fireplace dominates the room and, above you, is a hand-painted ceiling documenting the history of the building. The sitting area is perfect for pre-dinner drinks, then gather around the large table (seating 16) for an exquisite Highland feast.

In total, the castle sleeps up to sixteen guests. Ten guests in five four-poster rooms and a further two in Julian’s Room. At the very top of the castle is the Garret, a large room holding four single beds, ideal for children.


Forter Castle makes an excellent location for an intimate Highland wedding. The castle is unique in that it has its own chapel and, with accommodation for 16, this is an ideal number for a smaller occasion, although day events can accommodate up to 24 guests. A list of reputable local contacts is available to you for the likes of catering, hair, make-up and bands. The castle’s expert team will work closely with you to make your perfect day as stress-free as possible.

Forter Castle is fully licensed to host civil, religious, and humanist wedding ceremonies, same-sex marriages and wedding blessings.


The castle has been specifically fitted out with a state-of-the-art kitchen containing all of the equipment needed to help prepare a simple breakfast or create an exquisite banquet. The castle can assist with deliveries from one of its recommended suppliers or external catering can be arranged for either part, or the entire duration, of your stay.


Forter Castle is located in the heart of Scotland, inside the magnificent Cairngorms National Park, making it an excellent base for adventure and leisure activities.

Any time spent taking in the Highland scenery is far from wasted, and the way you experience the countryside is up to you! By foot or mountain bike, the surrounding area offers countless paths and tracks, or perhaps consider travelling by horseback? The local stables can accommodate all skill levels, from the complete beginner to the experienced rider.

Property Features
  • Castle
  • 24 bed
  • 24 bath
  • Air Conditioning
  • 2 Toilet
  • Study
  • Workshop
  • Broadband
  • Tennis Court
  • Balcony
  • Deck
  • Courtyard
  • Outdoor Entertaining
  • Shed
  • Ducted Heating
  • Ducted Cooling
  • Split System Heating
  • Split System Aircon

Forter Castle's History

Forter Castle was built in 1560 as a “fortalice” by the Ogilvys of Airlie. The purpose behind the construction of Forter was to fortify and protect the entrance to the Balloch Pass to Glenshee and the important Moneca Pass to Braemar and the North. At the time of construction, marauding bands of caterans threatened the settled folk in this area and the clan feuds, stoked by religious differences, as Protestantism came in to supplant the old Catholic religion, made it necessary to build a new fortalice for the house of Ogilvy. As a fortified tower, Forter fared extremely well; it was only as a result of a force of some five thousand men with heavy artillery to back them up that, in the year 1640, Forter eventually fell. The personal feud that led to Forter’s downfall came about through the sale of the land on which it sits. In the agreement, Donald Campbell, Abbot of Coupar Angus, inserted a clause which protected the fixity of tenants settled at the head of the Glen, who owed allegiance to Clan Campbell. Naturally, Lord Ogilvy did not agree with this, and hostilities between the two families steadily grew, with blood being spilt on both sides. Eventually, the fighting came to a climax when Lord Argyll raised a formidable force of five thousand men, armed with heavy artillery against whom there could be no real resistance. The men marched on Forter Castle, where most of its occupants had already fled to the surrounding hills. The attacking force set Forter alight, gutting the building and leaving it a ruin, which it would remain for 350 years.


Forter Castle's table of pricing

From: 24255 to: 63945 / week.
Night : 3465


Dates Weekly (Fri - Fri) Mid-week (Mon - Fri) Weekend (Fri - Mon)
05 Jan - 21 Feb £4725 £4095 £3465
22 Feb - 28 Feb £5985 £5355 £4725
01 Mar - 29 Mar £4725 £4095 £3465
30 Mar - 13 Apr £6615 £5985 £5355
14 Apr - 12 Jul £5985 £5355 £4725
13 Jul - 03 Sep £7875 N/A N/A
04 Sep - 08 Oct £4752 £4095 £3465
19 Oct - 29 Oct £5985 £5355 £4725
30 Oct - 18 Dec £4725 £4095 £3465
19 Dec - 04 Jan £9135 N/A N/A
Prices are based on 12 guests on a self-catering basis. For 16 guests, supplementary charges apply. Prices apply to 2020/21 dates.


How to reach Forter Castle

Not only is Forter easily accessible from Scotland's major airports, you will also enjoy the central location, giving you easy access to a large number of points of interest.

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