Norwegian School in Scotland
Drumtochty Castle, a large and elegant early nineteenth century Gothic style mansion, is situated approximately 100km south of Buckie, near the village of Auchenblae in Kincardineshire.
The Castle was purchased by the Norwegian Government-in-Exile to serve as boarding school for the children of Norwegian refugees. It was officially opened by King Haakon and both he and Crown Prince Olav paid a number of visits to it. The children of many of those who came to Buckie went to the school, such as Håkon Lønøy.
There were also many children whose parents were in Glasgow and London. Drumtochty was a safe haven away from the bombing and diseases of the big cities. There were normally up to 80 children at the school at any given time.
After the war, the castle was sold and became an preparatory school. Over the last twenty years it has been lovingly restored and is now a luxurious wedding and events venue.