Drum Castle


Drum Castle, Drumoak, Banchory, Aberdeenshire, AB31 5EY

    The combination of a 13th century square tower, a Jacobean mansion house and the additions of Victorian lairds make Drum Castle unique among Scottish castles.

    Drum Castle is deeply rooted in Scottish history. In 1323 the castle was granted to William de Irwyn by King Robert the Bruce. The castle remained within the Irvine family until 1975, when it was handed over to the National trust of Scotland. Irvine memorabilia is shown in the Family Room and the house contains an excellent collection of portraits and good Georgian furniture.

    The High Hall of the castle tower is still in its medieval state which is accessed by a narrow newel stair offering fine views from the battlements. The original house was enlarged with the creation of a very fine Jacobean mansion house in 1619 and a later addition during the reign of Queen Victoria.

    It is a welcoming castle with the feeling of a family home, enhanced by the recent creation of the Day and Night Nurseries. The grounds contain the Old Wood of Drum ancient oak woodland with Site of Special Scientific Interest designation mixed woodlands, three way-marked walks and an arboretum. Within the old walled garden is a fine collection of historic roses.

    The chapel, dining hall and estate may be hired for weddings and corporate functions. There is also a small shop and tearoom within the castle.

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

    All year, daily

    Castle, Tearoom and Shop:
    29 March to 30 Jun, Thurs to Mon, 11-4 (Last Entry)
    1 July to 31 August, daily, 11-4 (Last Entry)
    1 September to 29 September, Thurs to Mon, 11-4 (Last Entry)
    1 October to 30 March, Sat & Sun 11-4 (Last Entry)

    Garden of Historic Roses:
    29 March to 31 October, daily, 11-4.15 (Last Entry)


    • Tea & Coffee Available Enjoy a break and a cup of tea or coffee in the castle tearoom.


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop

    Wedding Services

    • Able to erect a marquee
    • Civil Ceremony
    • In-house Co-ordinator
    • Luxury Venue
    • Reception Facilities
    • Religious Ceremony
    • Romantic Location
    • Wedding Packages Available


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome
    • Outdoor Play Area


    • Picnic Area


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point There is a designated area in the main car park and two spaces by the Garden of Historic Roses.
    • Parking

    Public Transport Directions

    Drum Castle is 3 miles W of Peterculter, 10 miles W of Aberdeen and 8 miles E of Banchory.

    By road
    Signposted off A93 Airport: Aberdeen (Dyce), 8m

    By bus
    Stagecoach Bluebird bus numbers 201, 202 and 203 from Aberdeen bus station stop within walking distance (1/2 mile) of Drum Castle. Note: There is a steep walk from the Drum Castle bus stop on the A93 up to the property.

    By train
    From Aberdeen railway station, take the Stagecoach Bluebird bus numbers 201, 202 or 203 from Aberdeen bus station, which is right next to the railway station. These buses stop within walking distance of Drum Castle.


    Transport within Scotland

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    Attraction Entrance

    • There are steps to the main entrance
      • Number of steps 1

    Ticket / Information / Gift Shop [where applicable]

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


    • 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

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

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