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Scottish Castle Tours

Home to around a thousand castles or castle ruins in all shapes and sizes, will provide you with a real feeling for Scottish history.  Many of the castles have stunning gardens in which to stroll and some have tea-rooms where you can enjoy traditional home baking.  

Aberdeen City and Shire is home to Scotland’s only castle trail; a selection of thirteen unique castles. You can experience the romance and history of these restored family castles, ruins and stately homes, by following the trail or by selecting individual castles that appeal to you.

Alternatively, Liz Gordon will be available to help you select and arrange castle tour(s) over one or several days both for individuals or groups.  Liz will arrange your admission, transportation - or provide route maps and directions - organise translators and make recommendations for where to enjoy a leisurely lunch or dinner.   

Here are a few of our favourite castles that we regularly recommend to our guests:

  • Crathes Castle – a fairytale castle, dating back to 1533, with absolutely stunning gardens and excellent tearoom.  If you visit only one castle, this is it. See below our Crathes Castle and Fettercairn Distillery Discovery Tour.
  • Fyvie Castle – one of the North East’s most stunning castles, with a history going back to 1211, and famous for being haunted by the Green Ladye.
  • Drum Castle – This is a very special castle because it combines a medieval keep, a Jacobean mansion house and a later Victorian extension. The keep is one of the three oldest tower houses in Scotland, probably dating from 1290.
  • Huntly Castle ruins – Remarkable for its splendid architecture, Huntly Castle was a Baronial residence for over 500 years.  There are the ruins of three castles on this site the earliest dating from the 13th century.
  • Craigievar Castle – Craigievar, completed in 1626, is an iconic seven-storey tower house in the Baronial style, amongst the best preserved and the most loved in Scotland.
  • Dunnottar Castle ruins – An imposing cliff-top ruin that has an incredible history: there is evidence of inhabitation on the site going back to Pictish times, as early as 700AD!
  • Ballindalloch Castle – “The Pearl of the North” is the, very much lived-in, home of the MacPherson-Grants and has been since 1546.  The gardens are also spectacular, especially the walled garden which was redesigned in 1996 to celebrate the castle’s 450th anniversary. 

If you enjoy a dual passion for Scottish castles and Scotch Whisky, we have designed two one-day Discovery Tours:

Please contact liz.gordon@skene-house.co.uk or call her on +44 (0) 1224 659 293+44 (0) 1224 659 293 who will be delighted to help you plan your castle visits.

For castle enthusiasts and to find out more about castles in the area, there are a few websites that may be of interest:

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