Castle Trail

Go back through time looking at a country's heritage and experience Scottish castles at their best on Scotland's only Castle Trail. A selection of thirteen of the world's most unique castles can be visited around Aberdeenshire. Experience the romance and history of these restored family castles, ruins and stately homes, by simply following the trail, it is well sign posted!

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As home to noted art collectors, Duff House has long been adorned with magnificent paintings. It later played an active role in the Second World War. Today, Duff House is a country house gallery displaying collections from the National Galleries of Scotland.

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Delgatie Castle’s Victorian Christmas weekends have become a legend in Aberdeenshire since they began over 20 years ago. It is the original, biggest and best Victorian Event in the area.

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One of medieval and Renaissance Scotland’s most powerful families. Heraldic sculpture and inscribed stone friezes were fitting for the home of the earls of Huntly, now a noble ruin.

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The ruins of Findlater Castle are less than 1 hour away from the estate on the Moray Firth Coast, between Cullen and Sandend. Weather permitting, an expedition to Findlater makes a wonderful family excursion with a visit of the Castle and a day on the beaches below. Perched on a tiny peninsula, which sticks out into the North Sea, the views from the Castle are breathtaking. The ruins are in a very dramatic and picturesque setting, however, with a sheer drop of more than fifty feet to the rocks and sea below, the ruins should be visited with care.

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Ghosts, legends and folklore are all woven into the tapestry of Fyvie's 800-year-old history. But stories aside, we do know William the Lion was at Fyvie around 1214 and later Robert the Bruce and Charles I were among its royal guests.

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Designed by William Adam in 1732 and home to the Gordon family for over 250 years, Haddo House is one of Scotland's grandest Palladian-style country mansions.

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Leith Hall has played witness to Scottish history since 1650. Ten generations of the Leith-Hay family lived here until just after World War II. They donated the house to the National Trust for Scotland along with all their furnishings and art.

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See for yourself why this noble residence is said to be one of Grampian’s most picturesque castles. Among the lavish details are fine carvings of its chief builder Sir William Forbes and his wife.

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Even ruined, the stronghold of the mighty earls of Mar is a fine example of a 13th-century castle, with its curtain wall, four round towers, hall and chapel.

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Begun in the Scottish Baronial style around 1576 and completed by c1626, this iconic tower house is amongst the best preserved and the most loved in Scotland. Craigievar was a family home until the 1960s, creating a quirky blend of modern comforts and rare antiquities within the ancient walls.

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Unravel the two very different tales of this medieval tower house. Originally a noble residence, Corgarff became an army base for hunting down Jacobite sympathisers and, later, whisky smugglers.

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Inside you'll find a labyrinth of cultural history, from family portraits and fine antique furniture to painted ceilings. The walled garden is split into eight sections that encompass every green delight imaginable - a sculpted topiary, soft herbaceous colours and modern exotic blooms.

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The sweep of 700 years of history is stamped into Drum’s stalwart battlements, medieval square tower and sprawling extensions.

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