One of Strathardle’s most significant houses.
Kindrogan House is an imposing early 19th-century building, incorporating earlier fabric (possibly mid 18th century), with later additions and alterations.
Originally the Kindrogan Estate was the property of the Keir family, passing by marriage to the Small’s of nearby Dirnanean and then to the Balfours. After being purchased by the Forestry Commission in 1960, it was sold to the Scottish Field Studies Association where it is now leased for use as a therapeutic residential school for girls.
A plaque beside the path running from the house to the Enochdhu Lodge beside the River Ardle records that Queen Victoria once stopped here for tea on an excursion from Dunkeld to the Spittal of Glenshee.
A number of fine trees and avenues survive from in the old estate policies, including several fine Wellingtonias, oaks, limes lining the main drives, yews and specimen sycamores beside the River Ardle. Red squirrels are still common and the river has many hazels, birches and alders on its banks.
One notable local character, Donal Mor or ‘Big Donald’, as he was known, together with his eight daughters are said to have once lived in a house situated on what is now the lawn in front of the present day Kindrogan House.
Donal Mor went into league with the Caterans, the name given to the Highland cattle raiders who were the scourge of Strathardle, Glenshee and Glen Isla from the Middle Ages to the 17th century, greatly assisting them in their raids on Strathardle by giving them private information as to when and where to make a foray. He used their attacks to hide his own private cattle-stealing, as every beast stolen was blamed on the Caterans.
He and his family built an underground kitchen in the area where they slaughtered and cooked the cattle they stole, but the locals became suspicious and they were caught redhanded, banished and their home burnt down.
Donal himself hid in a cave at Kindrogan Rock, however he was discovered and in desperation hanged himself at Cnoc Dhimhnuill Mhor, (Donal Mor's Knowe) the top of “ Cnoc Dhomhnuill Mhor”.
Kindrogan House today is said to be home to at least three ghosts, two are women and one is that of a child.
Sketches of the Early History, Legends and Traditions of Strathardle and its Glens Historic Environment Scotland