Hidden deep in the Braes of Glenlivet the Scalan seminary is arguably one of the most significant sites of historical interest in the area.
The Braes of Glenlivet offered a seclusion to the persecuted 18th Century Catholics, who in this plain old farmhouse trained over 100 priests, ensuring the survival of the Catholic faith during these troubled times.
The old College of Scalan, (named after the Gaelic sgalan, meaning turf roof), lies about 1km from the car park at Eskemulloch, along the rough farm track. The building is open all year for visitors to savour how ‘with courage and dogged perseverance’ the Catholic faith survived and a detour to explore the area is thoroughly recommended.
The Scalan Heritage Trail, a 4.5km circular walk, can be enjoyed and offers some breathtaking views of the Braes of Glenlivet and the Ladder Hills.
“In the dark penal days of that by-gone time,
When our catholic faith was condemned as a crime
The great Duke of Gordon, so generous and brave-
To the Bishops,a site for a college he gave
And Scalan, remote in a wild Highland glen,
Surrounded by mountains, morasses and fen
Was adjudged most secure, whilst possessing some charms
Where students might work and pray safe from all harms”
Every season brings new reasons to visit Glenlivet Estate.
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Set in the stunning eastern Highlands of Scotland, there’s so much waiting to be discovered.