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The Chatelaine's Scottish Castles

The Castles of Aberdeenshire - Scotland
Alphabetical List with Links

Aberdeenshire is famous for its Castle Trail.
The area includes many well-known castles such as
Balmoral, Craigievar, Crathes, Drum, Dunnottar and Fyvie.

For scheduled day tours from Aberdeen
or tailor-made private guided tours:
Choose Castle Tours

Aberdeenshire Travel & Accommodation Information - click here

Neighbouring areas with castles include: Angus & Kincardine - Moray & Banff - Inverness-shire

Aberdeen13-
Abergairn17T
Abergeldie16Tm
Aboyne17m
Arnage17Zm
Asloun16Z
Auchanachie16T
Auchenhove16-
Auchmedden16-
Avochie16-
Badenyon13-
Balbithan House16L
Balfluig16L
Balmoral Castle-- Official site
Royal Deeside web site
Balquhain15K
Barra
near Oldmeldrum
17L
Beldorney16Zm
Birse16T
Braemar17Lm Official site
Brucklay17m
Brux-T
Cairnbulg14K
Caskieben16Z
16Z Official hotel web site - 4 star country house hotel with facilities for weddings & private functions
Castle of Park16Z
Clackriach--
Cobairdy16-
Colquhonny16L
Conzie17-
Corgarff16THistoric Scotland
Corse16L
Corsindae House16L
Coull13O
Craig16L
Craigievar
(National Trust for Scotland)
16LMy page
Craigston17T
Crathes
(National Trust for Scotland)
My page
Gardens. Weddings.
Croft16-
Culsalmond16-
Cushnie17T
Daugh--
Dee15-
Delgatie15KK Delgatie Castle official web site: self catering accommodation, small weddings in the private chapel, Clan Hay Centre. Open to the public.
Dorlaithers--
Drum
(National Trust for Scotland)
14KMy page
Drumbreck16-
Druminnor15KK
Drumtochty Castle
Drumtochty Castle
18  Available for weddings, private celebrations and corporate events.
Duff House    Open to the public. Includes art gallery and library.
Available for weddings, corporate events and private entertaining.
Operated by Historic Scotland, the National Galleries of Scotland and Aberdeenshire Council. Official web site
Dundarg13-
Dunnideer13T Photos by Phil Wright
Dunnottar Castle
Dunnottar Castle
12 C Official web site
My page
Easter Clune16T
Eden16Z
Ellon16T
Esslemont14L Link to photos by Phil Wright.
Fedderate13L
Fiddes--
Forbes
(5 miles from Alford in Aberdeenshire)
19T Perfumery
Foveran--
Fraser15Z National Trust of Scotland which owns the castle.
Freefield--
Frendraught13-
Fyvie (NTS)14L Owned by National Trust of Scotland
Self catering accommodation
Also see www.fyviecastle.com
Gairnieston--
Gartly15K
Gight16L
Glenbuchat16Z Photo by Jos van Geffen
Link to photos by Phil Wright
Glenkindie16-
Hallforest14K
Harthill17Zm
Hatton15-
House of Schivas16L
Huntly15ZMy page
Idoch14-
Inverallochy16T
Invercauld Castle    Official site - self catering accommodation
Located near Braemar & Balmoral.
Inverey17T
Inverugie16T
Keith Inch16L
Kennay House17T
Kildrummy13OMy page
Kincardine Castle
(near Aboyne)
Accommodation for groups - house parties, corporate functions, meetings & seminars, receptions, gourmet dinners and concerts. Fishing, game shooting & outdoor activities. kincardinecastle.com
Kindrochit14T
King Edward13O
Kinmuck14-
Kinnaird's Head16Tm
Kinnairdy
Knock16T
Knockhall16L
Leslie17LPhoto
Lesmoir16-
Lethenty17-
Lickyhead17Lm
Logie House17Tm
Lonmay13-
Lumphanan12O
Lynturk16-
Mar's15-
Midmar16Z
Migvie13O
Monymusk16KK
Mounie17T
Nether Ardgrain
Newe17Z
Old Slains14K
Pitcapie16Zm
Pitfichie 16T
Pitfodels15- Norwood Hall Hotel was built in 1887 on the site of the 15th century Pitfodels Castle.
3 miles outside Aberdeen.
Pitsligo15C
Pittodrie House16m
Pittulie17T
Ravenscraig15L
Slains16KK Page by Undiscovered Scotland
Terpersie16Z
The Bass-O
Tillycairn16L
Tillyfour16L
Tillyhilt16T
Tolquhon15Z Historic Scotland
Towie17T
Towie Barclay16T Record by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland
The National Trust for Scotland has a self catering cottage here
Turriff--
Udny15KK
Wardhouse13O Record by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland.
Waterton17T
Westhall16Lm

Classification of castles by code letter:
T towers and tower houses
(mainly around 1540-1680)
K simple keeps
(14th and early 15th century)
KK developed keeps including chambers and courtyards
(from around 1400-1540)
E E-plan tower houses featuring more than one wing
(16th and 17th centuries)
L L-plan tower houses featuring a main block and one wing
(16th and 17th centuries)
Z Z-plan tower houses featuring 2 corner towers situated obliquely opposite each other (16th and 17th centuries)
O walled enclosures
(mainly 12th and 13th century)
C reasonably important castles built around a central courtyard
h 18th century tower houses V castles of unusual plan
m much modified or modernised castellated structures

Local B&B / Hotel Accommodation

AULD CUMMERTON
Built in 1760, newly restored to a very high standard. 5 Stars. 1 ensuite double with 4 poster and 1 ensuite twin. Home baking. Woodland walks and mountain views. Within the Cairngorm National Park. Aberdeen 44 miles. Braemar 22 miles. Aviemore 44 miles. Inverness 66 miles. Perfect for the Castle and Whisky Trails. Walking, golf, touring. Member of Scotland's Best B&Bs. Credit cards accepted.

Travel & Tours

The Internet Guide to Scotland provides online info about Travel - Transport - Accommodation - Sightseeing.

Scotland Made Easy
Self drive tours with a customised itinerary to suit your interests (e.g. castles, distilleries, standing stones). Includes booking service with quality accommodation (B&Bs, night in a castle or country mansion, etc.).

Clansandcastles.com
Accommodation reservations for castles, inns & country houses.
Itinerary planning for self-drive tours (with car hire if required).
Private tour guides. Clan lands research.

Castle Tours
Choice of sightseeing tours: either scheduled day tours (4 - 8 people), or tailor-made, private guided tours. Departures from Inverness and Aberdeen to explore Speyside, the north east coast and the Highlands. Itineraries feature distilleries and castles, as well as gardens, wildlife, Highland Games, etc. Accommodation booking, airport transfers, fieldsports, boat trips can also be arranged.

Celia Ffitch-Stewart
Fully insured driver-guide with Mercedes limousine for your tailor-made guided tour. Half day, full day or extended tours. Themes to suit your interests can be arranged including The Castle Trail. Meet your clan chief, trace your roots, stay in a castle. Airport collection (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen or Inverness). Services can include itinerary planning and accommodation reservations. Also available for weddings. Member of HOSTGA (Highlands of Scotland Tour Guide Association).

Accommodation to Rent

HOLLYBUSH HOUSE is halfway between Inverness (55 miles) and Aberdeen (60 miles). Modern house equipped to a high standard. Sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms. Countryside location overlooking the River Spey near The Speyside Way. Ideal for fishing, golf, walking, distilleries, castles, etc. 4 miles from Aberlour. Close to Ballindalloch Castle. Elgin 19 miles. Aviemore 36 miles. Handy for winter skiing at Cairngorm or the Lecht.

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