Loch Monzievaird

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Loch Monzievaird is a loch situated two miles west of Crieff in Highland Perthshire, one of the most popular holiday destinations in Scotland. Aberfeldy, Dunkeld, Perth and Pitlochry are all within easy reach.


King Kenneth III was killed at the battle of Monzievaird in 1005.[1]

On the north side of the loch are the remains of an old fortress called Castle Cluggy. This was the original home of the lairds of Ochtertyre. The fortress was referred to as 'ancient' in a charter of 1467. It belonged to Red Comyn, who was killed in 1306 by Robert the Bruce in the convent of the Minorites (Greyfriars Kirk) at Dumfries. It is thought that Sir William Murray, 1st Baronet of Ochtertyre, last inhabited the castle in the middle of the 17th century.

About 80 yards to the west of the ruin is a small artificial island that served as a prison. At the west end of the loch is a large mound where plague victims were buried in the reign of Charles I.