Balvenie Castle


Dufftown, Moray, AB55 4DH

    Balvenie Castle is a ruined castle near Dufftown in the north of Aberdeenshire.

    Originally known as Mortlach Castle, Balvenie was built in the 13th century castle of enclosure with an impressive curtain wall, a rare example of 13th-century military architecture in Scotland.

    The Atholl Lodging within the castle is another fine example of Renaissance architecture, showing the layout of a noble residence and containing some fine details.

    Balvenie was added to in the 15th and 16th centuries. The castle hosted Mary Queen of Scots in 1562 and other notable guests include King Edward I of England and the Marquess of Montrose.

    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 Gold
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

    Summer: 1 April- 30 September 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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