Clan Gordon itinerary

The north east of Scotland was home for Clan Gordon and the area is famed for its incredible castles, beautiful coastline and royal connections.

Clan Gordon was, at one time, the most powerful in the whole of the north of Scotland and the clan's chief, the Duke of Gordon, was someone who liked to flaunt his power and wealth.

Use this itinerary to uncover the myths, legends and heritage of Clan Gordon.

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  • Visitor walks through the walled garden at Crathes Castle
    Crathes Castle
  • Drum Castle, near Peterculter
    Drum Castle, near Peterculter
  • View from the outside of Fyvie Castle
    Fyvie Castle
  • The exterior of the Gordon Highlanders Museum, Aberdeen
    The Gordon Highlanders Museum, Aberdeen

Arrive in Aberdeen and spend a few hours exploring the distinctive grey-stoned architecture that gives the place its nickname of the Granite City. In the afternoon, a trip to the Gordon Highlanders Museum, about 2 miles from the city centre, will offer an insight into the famous regiment along with an unrivalled opportunity to gain access to the clan archives.

Spend a day exploring the lush beauty of Royal Deeside. Nestling amid the glorious scenery, near the picturesque town of Banchory, is the 13th century Drum Castle, one of the oldest tower houses in Scotland. Nearby Crathes Castle is one of Scotland's most beautifully preserved houses and features some truly delightful gardens. Both castles are run by The National Trust for Scotland.

It's time to visit Huntly, a former stronghold of Clan Gordon, where its castle played a pivotal role in the history of the clan over many centuries. Fyvie Castle, just a few miles away, was once a royal stronghold and houses a fine collection of arms dating back to the 13th century. It is claimed that each of the five towers were built by different families - the Gordons being responsible for one of them.

Take a leisurely drive up towards the coast of Banffshire, before swinging west towards the village of Fochabers to see Gordon Castle. Built by the Dukes of Gordon, the castle you see today is largely an 18th century reconstruction but it stands on the site of several older buildings that stretch back over 500 years. There is a monument to the Duke of Gordon in the town of Elgin, less thanĀ 10 miles up the road.

Spend a leisurely day at Haddo House, home since 1682 to the Earls of Aberdeen. The house is a beautiful Georgian building designed by William Adam and features fine collections of art and antiques, as well as personal portraits, plaques and memorabilia of the Gordon family who have occupied the property for more than 400 years.