Cared for by the National Trust for Scotland. If fairytales were real, all castles would look like Craigievar. Discover the beautiful property said to be the inspiration for Disney’s Cinderella Castle. Admire an impressive collection of artefacts and art – including Raeburn portraits, armour and weapons – or enjoy a peaceful stroll around the garden and estate.
An example of the best of Scottish Baronial architecture, Craigievar fits naturally amongst the rolling hills of Aberdeenshire. The pink elegant tower of Craigievar Castle is spellbindingly beautiful, sure to enchant children and adults alike.
Begun around 1576 and completed by c1626, this iconic tower house is amongst the best preserved and the most loved in Scotland. Craigievar was a family home until the 1960s, creating a quirky blend of modern comforts and rare antiquities within the ancient walls.
In accordance with the former owner’s wishes, artificial light has not been installed in the upper floors. This means that the extensive collection of historic artefacts and art is seen by only the shifting light from the sun, exactly as they would have been when they were made.
Art historians will love the Raeburns and Jamesones, the rare survival of the Jacobean woodwork in the Great Hall and the impressive quantity of old armour.
The parkland grounds surrounding the castle are equally bewitching, with an unusual Scottish glen garden, a Victorian kitchen garden and two waymarked woodland trails. In early summer the woodland floor glows with bluebells. Keep an eye out for red squirrels or even pine martens scurrying through the undergrowth.