Scottish Castles Photo Library
- Bardowie Castle, East Dunbartonshire

Bardowie Castle

Bardowie castle is less than two miles from the Glasgow dormitory town of Milngavie (pronounced "Mill-guy"). It overlooks Bardowie Loch which hosts a small sailing club.

The estate was originally owned by the Galbraith chieftain's family in the 13th century, but passed by marriage to the Hamiltons of Cadzow in the 14th century.

The castle, rectangular in plan-form, was originally built in 1566, with additions made in the 17th and 18th centuries. In 1707, the sister of John Hamilton of Bardowie married Gregor "Black Knee" MacGregor, chieftain of the clan at that time and Rob Roy's nephew.

The castle later passed to the Buchanan family and was owned by a Buchanan until the latter part of the 20th century. Bardowie Castle, by now in private ownership, was modernised in the early 1990s. It was sold for around £1 million in 2004. The advertisement described "6 reception rooms, 9 bedrooms, 8 bath/shower rooms, kitchen, library, home cinema, 2 kitchenettes, sauna, gymnasium."

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