Fettercairn is a Village in the
northeast of Scotland, 36 miles north of
of Dundee, 34 miles south of
Fettercairn is popular for its Arch,
Market Square, Fettercairn
Distillery, and the B974 Cairn o'
Mount road that runs over the
Cairngorm Mountains to Banchory 18 miles
north, and Balmoral Castle 41 miles
northwest. The highest point on the road
is 1,493ft above sea level. The 15 mile
long Glenesk is a short distance
south with a Folk Museum and top Hiking
See also a large Click On
Map for the area Top Attractions.
The image top is of the Arch on the south
side of Fettercairn centre. The road through
the Arch is often being changed, due to large
trucks and caravans getting stuck half way
through. Allegedly, they have tried a number of
different methods, all which have failed so
The second image is of the Market Square
with the Market Cross.
The John S Forbes Memorial Fountain is next
to the Square.
The Ramsay Arms Hotel with
a Restaurant is next to the Arch.
The Fettercairn Whisky
Distillery is situated about half of a mile
west of Fettercairn, open to visitors much of
1200s - the Royal Castle of
Kincardine was built for Alexander II to
protect this route into the Highlands. The town
of Castleton of Kincardine grew around the
Castle, midway between present day Fettercairn
1296 - Edward I of England took control and
stayed at the Castle of Kincardine during the
Wars of Scottish
1504 - Fettercairn was made a Burgh, with a
permit to hold weekly Markets.
1569 - Balbegno Castle
was built 1 mile southwest of Fettercairn,
owned by families such as Wood, Ogilvy,
Middleton, and Gladstone.
1645 - Fettercairn was partially destroyed
by the forces of the Marquis of
Montrose during the English Civil
War. Montrose fought for the Royals trying
to prevent the Parliamentarians led by Oliver
Cromwell from overthrowing the Royals.
1650 - Montrose was hanged in Edinburgh with
his head removed to be placed on a spike at the
Old Tolbooth by St Giles Cathedral till
1660 - the Stuart Kings were restored to the
throne of England, Scotland and Ireland.
1661 - the body of Oliver Cromwell
was dug up from his burial place in Westminster
Abbey in London. His body was then publicly
executed before being hanged in chains at
Tyburn. His head was cut off to be displayed on
a spike outside Westminster Hall. The head was
removed in 1685 to be used in various
1661 - the remains of Montrose were gathered
together to be buried in St Giles
Cathedral in Edinburgh.
1730 - the Market Cross from Castleton of
Kinkardine was moved to Fettercairn, 2 miles
northwest. Castleton of Kincardine by that time
had been in decline, with little left of the
Town or Castle.
1809 - Fasque House /
Castle was completed for the Ramsay's under
2 miles north of Fettercairn.
1824 - Fettercairn Distillery was founded by
Alexander Ramsay, owner of the Fasque
1829 - hard times forced Ramsay to sell the
Fasque Estate to the Gladstone family, with
William Gladstone of that family becoming Prime
1848 - Queen Victoria and Prince Albert take
on the lease of Balmoral Estate, where they
built Balmoral Castle a few years later.
Balmoral Castle is situated 40 miles northwest
1861 - Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
visited Fettercairn while traveling around the
1864 - the Fettercairn Arch was built to
commemorate the visit of Queen Victoria.
1973 - Whyte & Mackay gained control of the
1978 - Fasque House was opened to the public
as a tourist attraction by the Gladstone's.
2010 - Fasque House was sold to be used as a
wedding and conference venue.
2010 - Balbegno Castle was sold to serve as
a holiday home.