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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having holidayed in Scotland throughout my life, I have been lucky enough to stay in many 'luxurious' houses and can say that Forter is by far the most elegant, comfortable place to stay in the highlands. The comfort of every bed in the house is as comfortable as the master bedroom which is so rare, but tells you the level...

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DanVoyce, Manager at Forter Castle, responded to this review

Dear Jack Thank you for taking the time to review Forter Castle. It means a lot that someone like yourself who has experienced many houses in Scotland feels that we have a significantly better offering. We do hope you return soon, Kind regards Forter Team

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would not normally write a review, but we were so impressed with the beautiful Forter Castle from beginning to end. We arrived in the evening with our two children and upon entering immediately felt at home. It has everything you would want from a luxurious stay in the Scottish Highlands with breathtaking views. Fabulously decorated, with soft lighting throughout,...

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DanVoyce, Manager at Forter Castle, responded to this review

Dear Emma Firstly many thanks for taking the time to review Forter Castle. We are especially delighted with the level of detail your review goes into and hope that it helps to encourage other guests to use extra services like our "Scottish Sporting Experience" to really enhance their stay. We do hope that your family returns again soon. Kind regards...

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is almost impossible to explain how utterly perfect Forter Castle is. The drive from Edinburgh is as picturesque as one could hope for and builds the anticipation of reaching this magnificent castle. As you approach over the hill it sits majestically on the horizon. Nothing can prepare you for the sheer elegance and comfort of the interior (brilliant as...

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DanVoyce, Manager at Forter Castle, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and equally delighted that you enjoyed some of the extra activities and catering options that we offer. We do hope you return again in the near future. Best wishes Forter Team

Reviewed 11 September 2016

The pictures are spectacular but they do not nearly do justice to the experience of staying at Forter Castle. It met or in most cases, exceeded our expectations during our 1 week stay there. It is a true Scottish castle, recently restored with all the modern conveniences. If you're looking to get away from it all or host you wedding...

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DanVoyce, Manager at Forter Castle, responded to this review

Dear Andrew Many thanks for taking the time to review your stay at Forter Castle. We are delighted that you enjoyed it so much. We also appreciate that you noticed all of the intimate interior design detail that Katharine Pooley the owner has installed throughout. We hope to launch our new website before the end of October that will convey...

Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

The castle was remarkably comfortable and modern inside. The staff made sure everything was perfect upon our arrival including leaving homemade scones and hot tea, which was very welcoming after our long journey to Scotland. However, If you cannot navigate the circular staircase to the bedrooms and bathrooms this castle is not for you.

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DanVoyce, Manager at Forter Castle, responded to this review

Dear Lisa Thank you for taking the time to review Forter we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for your point regarding the spiral staircase. We have added a brand new rope/bannister to assist but the reality is that stairs are indeed an integral part of the building which dates back to 1560. We do hope you...

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Reviewed 30 August 2016

We had a fantastic time at the castle! It is truly a beautiful place and a great location. We all felt we could stay a week instead of a few days and hopefully some day we will return. The excitement from the kids when we first entered the Castle sort of said it all. It is, as you know not...

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DanVoyce, Manager at Forter Castle, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. We are delighted that you enjoyed the add ons that can come with Forter e.g. Chef, Whisky tasting and activities etc. We do hope that you are able to return again one day. Kind regards Team Forter

Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

Situated in the Beautiful countryside this Castle is Stunning/ Enchanting. Every detail has been take care of. There is everything you need from pots and pans to Ralph Lauren sheets, Liberty shampoo and conditioner and more. Beautiful Interior design! Come the evening we sat by the log fire and played board games. We were lucky as we had a week...

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DanVoyce, Manager at Forter Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for your review we really appreciate the time you took to give such a detailed and positive response to Forter. We do hope you might come back again in the future. Kind regards Forter Team

Brackley, United Kingdom
Reviewed 7 June 2016

On the first of June 2016 I had the full fairy tale wedding and Forter Castle was the perfect backdrop for this dream come true. We stayed at the castle for a magical seven days, renting out the whole place for our wedding party of 13 (including two small children!). Angela and the team worked tirelessly to meet our needs...

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DanVoyce, Manager at Forter Castle, responded to this review

Dear Abi Thank you very much for your feedback we are delighted your wedding turned out so well.. and of course we made extra special efforts to help sort out the most beautiful weather in years especially for your big day! I think your feedback is exactly how we visualise a guests stay i.e. overall Forter offers a unique escape...

Reviewed 28 April 2016 via mobile

This was the second time we have stayed at Forter Castle and it was just as good second time around. It snowed as we arrived and the Glen looked amazing, as did the surrounding hills. The castle is extremely comfortable and well set up for a large family group or 2 or 3 families to share. This is a family...

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Thank you very much for taking the time to submit this review. We are delighted you had such a wonderful time second time around. We hope that you come again and make it a third time. Kind regards Forter Team

Reviewed 24 March 2016 via mobile

We were a group of 12 friends who don't always get time to catch up, as often as we would like. This was the most amazing location to do so! We had a wonderful time, indoors and outdoors. Stunning location, near some beautiful hills and Glenshee. I fell in love with the kitchen, which was as well equipped as bake...

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Gemma Thank you for taking the time to submit a review. We are delighted that you had such an incredible stay and that everything exceeded your expectations (especially the well equipped kitchen it seems!). We do hope that you will come back again in the future. Kind regards Forter Team

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  • Kitchenette
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
This beautiful Scottish castle is available for long or short breaks in the highlands of Scotland. Ideally situated for all types of holidays. A magnificent setting for a wedding, Forter also has its own chapel. The Pooley family home is convenient for Mount Blair, Glen Isla and Glen Shee. Available for Summer, Winter, Spring and Autumn breaks. Local activities include walking, hunting, shooting, fishing, skiiing and flying. Forter Castle is also perfect for romantic luxury breaks.Surrounded by Glenisla's stunning scenery, Forter Castle was originally built in 1560 and enjoys a history as rich as the countryside in which it sits. Destroyed by the Duke of Argyll in 1640, it has been completely restored using traditional materials.Interior Designer Katharine Pooley has transformed the interior into one of luxury and comfort. Forter boasts all modern amenities and occupies five floors, each reached by a stone spiral staircase. There are 6 luxurious bedroms sleeping 12-16 comfortably. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Forter Castle

Address: Folda, Glenisla PH11 8QW, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Angus > Glenisla
Number of rooms: 7
Also Known As:
Forter Castle Hotel Glenisla
Forter Castle Glenisla, Scotland
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“Stairs are not suitable for those with mobility issues, no cell service. Pay phone in castle for guest use or to receive calls.”
 of 5 bubbles andrewwR6783NC, 10 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Every room was unique. Laird's Room was the largest”
 of 5 bubbles Jdan12, 30 Aug 2016 | Read review
“The Laird room is a must but all of them are fantastic !”
 of 5 bubbles Amacfall, 7 Jun 2016 | Read review
“The Laird's room is out of this world. It's enourmous”
 of 5 bubbles 915simond, 8 Mar 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are unique and beautifully furnished. The Laird's room and Julian's room are ensuite.”
 of 5 bubbles jagmf, 7 Feb 2016 | Read review
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