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Have you been to the Scotland’s very own Disney Castle that doubled up as a hospital in World War 1?
This magical sight, which resembles a French chateau, can be found north of Golspie, a small town in the Highlands.
Where is this hidden gem?
Dunrobin Castle is one of the oldest continuously inhabited houses in Scotland, having been home to the Earls and Dukes of Sutherland, and then later used as a boarding school.
It’s located on the east coast of the northern Highlands, just north of Golspie and Dornoch villages and is one of the largest castles in northern Scotland.
Resembling world-famous attraction Disneyland with it’s dazzling conical spires, the castle is perched regally on a hill overlooking the Dornoch Firth.
From boarding school to WW1 hospital
Dating back to the Middle Ages (circa the 1300s), ownership of the castle has been passed down to a variety of Sutherland royals – with each one adding a particular renovation.
To this day, the Sutherland family retains a private area of the house – but this part is not accessible to visitors.
The extravagant fortress was later used as a boarding school, and with 189 rooms being inside the castle there was more than enough to go around.
During World War 1, the castle was converted into a naval hospital, before a fire overtook the building and damaged a large part of the interior.
How can I get there?
Dunrobin Castle is 50 miles north of Inverness on the A9 and half a mile north of Golspie. If traveling from Glasgow or Edinburgh, the journey time stands at just over four and a half hours.
If travelling by public transport, the castle has it’s very own train station that is accessible from Inverness, with a travel time of around two hours 20 minutes.
If you are looking to travel by bus to the historic site, you can catch the X25 running from Tain or the X99 running from Inshes.