Corgarff Castle, Scotland
Heather covers the hills around Corgarff Castle in the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland. Corgarff Castle is located in Aberdeenshire, north-east Scotland. The castle was built in the mid 16th century by the Forbes of Towie. In 1571 it was burned by their enemy, Adam Gordon of Auchindoun, resulting in the deaths of Lady Forbes, her children, and numerous others, and giving rise to the ballad Edom o Gordon. After the Jacobite risings of the 18th century, it was rebuilt as a barracks. It is now in the care of Historic Scotland and is open to the public.
Heather blooms in the late summer and is the ideal habitat for grouse in Scotland, making it essential to the economics of estates that depend on grouse shooting for part of their income.
The park was established in 2003 and is now the largest National Park in Great Britain.
Contact for information:
Land Management Advisor
Cairngorms National Park Authority
Grantown on Spey
Office tel: 01479 870535
Direct tel: 01479 873535