Craigievar Castle


Craigievar Castle, By Alford, Aberdeenshire, AB33 8JF

    Found in the picturesque Aberdeenshire countryside, Craigievar Castle sits 20 miles south west of Inverurie.

    Resembling a fairytale castle and an example of the best of Scottish Baronial architecture, Craigievar fits naturally amongst the rolling hills of Aberdeenshire.

    The Great Tower stands just as it was when completed by Master William Forbes Danzig Willie in 1626. The simplicity of its lower towers contrasts perfectly with the turrets, the cupolas and corbelling that embellish the roofline. Within its walls the collection includes an excellent show of family portraits. There is also original Jacobean woodwork and some beautiful furniture, including the 'Craigievar table'.

    This perfect Scottish castle remains as unspoiled as it was when lived in by the Forbes-Sempill family. Surrounding the castle are extensive parkland grounds with two waymarked walks. There is also a small Victorian kitchen garden and a Scottish glen garden.

    4 Castle
    Green Tourism Silver
    Opening Times
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Apr 2016 - 30 Sep 2016

    All year, daily

    30 March to 30 June, Friday-Tuesday, 11-4.45
    1 July to 31 August, daily, 11-4.45
    1 September to 30 September, Friday-Tuesday, 11-4.45

    Note: Guided tours only. Numbers on guided tours are limited and at peak times visitors may have to wait for the next available tour.


    • Shop There is a small shop in the Castle, offering a range of household goods, toiletries, food, confectionery, souvenirs, books, the official guidebook, postcards and pictures/prints of the Castle.


    • ASVA Member
    • Picnic Area


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • Parking


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Special Requirements

    • Dogs Welcome Dogs are welcome, but must be kept under close supervision and control, especially in the immediate vicinity of the Castle. Dog owners are asked particularly to be mindful of livestock in the fields, small children, the elderly and infirm, and the two resident cats.

    Public Transport Directions

    Craigievar Castle is 6 miles S of Alford, 15 miles N of Banchory and 26 miles W of Aberdeen.

    By road: On A980

    Transport within Scotland

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    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site
      • With designated parking for visitors with disabilities
      • Within about 50 metres of the attraction
    • There is a drop-off point for guests immediately outside the main entrance

    Ticket / Information / Gift Shop [where applicable]

    • Information available in alternative formats
      • Large print (at least 14 point)

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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