THE WEIR FAMILY
When Barry Weir spotted an article in Country Life Magazine about Dunderave Castle it sparked a magical adventure .
Making the castle a hotel and a home.
When businessman Barry Weir saw a feature about Dunderave Castle in Country Life magazine he
was instantly enchanted by the impressive building set on the beautiful shores of Loch Fyne in Scotland.
Barry (pictured) decided he wanted to take a closer look and quickly arranged a visit to the castle with his unsuspecting wife, Roma.
Roma had never been to Scotland before and Barry suggested it might be nice to visit the Highlands.
What Roma didn't realise was that Barry had set his heart on buying the castle that had appeared on the front of the magazine.
As they drove along the shores of Loch Fyne, Barry pointed out the castle from the magazine.
Much to Roma's surprise Barry suggested and insisted on going up the drive and visiting the castle
The couple were greeted by the housekeeper, had a tour of the castle and grounds and instantly fell in love with the building and its beautiful setting.
The pair went on to convert the castle into a luxury boutique hotel where guests paid top price to stay.
It soon gained a great reputation and even hosted celebrities such as legendary director Michael Winner and world-renowned actor Roger Moore who stayed at the hotel for a few days while they filmed the movie Bullseye.
But the castle was also a home for the Weir family as the couple brought up there three daughters in the idyllic setting.
The children had the privilege of growing up in a castle while being able to play on the shores of Loch Fyne.
For more information on Barry Weir visit: www.barryweir.co.uk
Barry John Eden Weir of Dunderave
Barry Weir never imagined that when he bought Dunderave Castle he would have the honour of adopting its name into his title.
After buying the castle in 1988 and renovating the building the Marquis of Bute successfully recommended him to have Dunderave included in his title as recognition of his good work.
The Marquis had proposed him to Lord Lyon who then granted the designation on behalf of the Queen.
As a result Barry Now holds the official title, Barry John Eden Weir of Dunderave.
The title is registered in The College of Arms, in London, under the Scottish section along with coat of arms which he has adopted from his ancestors.