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.

    4 Castle
    Mobility difficulties Green Tourism Silver
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2015 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015


    • Children Welcome
    • Outdoor Play Area


    • Picnic Area

    Wedding Services

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


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop

    Public Transport Directions

    Getting there by railway:- From Aberdeen Railway Station proceed to Union Street and travel west to Holburn and Great Western Road, then follow signs for A93 Ballater and Braemar, 3 miles after Petrculter turn right at the signfor Drum Castle. The castle is a further 400 meters on the left.

    Getting there by aeroplane:- From Aberdeen Airport follow signs for Aberdeen city and then for A93 to Ballater and Breamar on the A93, 3 miles after Peterculter turn right at the sign for Drum Castle. The castle is 400 meters onthe left.

    Getting there by ferry:- From Aberdeen Harbour turn towards the city centre to Union Street. Head to Holburn and Great Western Road then follow the signs for Ballater and Bramar 3 miles after Peterculter turn fight at the sign for Drum Castle. The castle is a further 400 meters on the left.

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