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TITLE
Upper Gallery, Carbisdale Castle Youth Hostel
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_1348
PLACENAME
Culrain
DISTRICT
Tain
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Kincardine
PERIOD
1950s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
33274
KEYWORDS
postcards
Ross-shire
Ross and Cromarty
castles
youth hostels
Upper Gallery, Carbisdale Castle Youth Hostel

This postcard shows the upper gallery in Carbisdale Castle. The castle was built by the Dowager Duchess of Sutherland between 1906 and 1917. Lady Mary Gower married the 3rd Duke of Sutherland as his second wife in 1889. When he died in 1892, he left the bulk of his estate to his widow but the family contested the will. After a settlement was reached, the Duchess built Carbisdale Castle just across the border from Sutherland near Culrain in Easter Ross.

In 1933 Carbisdale Castle was bought by the shipping magnate Theodore Salvesen. The Salvesen family gifted the castle, its contents and the estate to the Scottish Youth Hostel Association in 1945. Complete with marble statues and magnificent paintings, it is still used as a youth hostel today. The upper gallery is used for ceilidhs, conferences and wedding receptions.

The hill behind Carbisdale Castle was the site of the Battle of Carbisdale in 1650. James Graham, Marquis of Montrose, was leading Royalist troops against the Covenanters, who opposed King Charles I's religious reforms. The Royalists fell into a trap and were routed, hundreds dying of their wounds or drowning in the Kyle of Sutherland. The dead soldiers are said to haunt the castle to this day. Montrose escaped but was captured at Ardvreck Castle, where he had sought shelter. He was executed in Edinburgh. The site of the battle is known locally as the Hill of Lamentation.

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Upper Gallery, Carbisdale Castle Youth Hostel

ROSS: Kincardine

1950s

postcards; Ross-shire; Ross and Cromarty; castles; youth hostels

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows the upper gallery in Carbisdale Castle. The castle was built by the Dowager Duchess of Sutherland between 1906 and 1917. Lady Mary Gower married the 3rd Duke of Sutherland as his second wife in 1889. When he died in 1892, he left the bulk of his estate to his widow but the family contested the will. After a settlement was reached, the Duchess built Carbisdale Castle just across the border from Sutherland near Culrain in Easter Ross. <br /> <br /> In 1933 Carbisdale Castle was bought by the shipping magnate Theodore Salvesen. The Salvesen family gifted the castle, its contents and the estate to the Scottish Youth Hostel Association in 1945. Complete with marble statues and magnificent paintings, it is still used as a youth hostel today. The upper gallery is used for ceilidhs, conferences and wedding receptions.<br /> <br /> The hill behind Carbisdale Castle was the site of the Battle of Carbisdale in 1650. James Graham, Marquis of Montrose, was leading Royalist troops against the Covenanters, who opposed King Charles I's religious reforms. The Royalists fell into a trap and were routed, hundreds dying of their wounds or drowning in the Kyle of Sutherland. The dead soldiers are said to haunt the castle to this day. Montrose escaped but was captured at Ardvreck Castle, where he had sought shelter. He was executed in Edinburgh. The site of the battle is known locally as the Hill of Lamentation.