Tolquhon Castle


Tarves, By Ellon, Aberdeenshire, AB41 7LP

    Explore the impressive ruins of this fairytale castle set in the stunning Grampian countryside.

    Sitting within spacious grounds, Tolquhon has been described as one of the most beautiful castles in Scotland. Sir William Forbes, who commissioned it in 1584, intended it to be an impressive residence, though he incorporated plenty of gunloops to deter any hostile visitors.

    This is a great building to explore, including a secret compartment above the laird’s quarters where he hid his valuables.

    Very occasionally the property has to close at short notice due to adverse weather conditions or other reasons out with our control. Please check the Historic Scotland closures page for any unexpected site closures You can also follow closure tweets from @welovehistory using #hsclosure. Alternatively please call the site before setting off to check they are open.


    4 Castle
    Green Tourism Silver
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    Summer Opening Times
    1 Apr 2016 - 30 Sep 2016

    Summer: 1 April - 30 Sept, Daily 9.30am - 5.30pm (last entry 5pm)
    Winter: Closed

    Ticket Information
    Adult £4.50 per ticket
    Child £2.70 per ticket
    Concession £3.60 per ticket

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.


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    • Gift Shop


    • Children Welcome


    • ASVA Member


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point

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