Scotland's Castle Trail Aberdeenshire covers 17 castles to be explored. More in Moray Tours and Transport has pre-designed a day tour itinerary to help you visit up to 3 (three) castles. Alternatively, you can tailor-make your day or multi-day castle
In Aberdeenshire's region, there are 263 castles. It is the region with the highest number of castles in Scotland and well-known as Scotland's Castle Country. A few castles remain unchanged since those days, whilst others have been modernized and re-designed.
Some of Scotland's castles date as far back as the 13th century. Ruins tell us tales of intense clan rivalries and invasions from near and far, each providing a little insight into Scottish life way back in the day.
All Scottish castles are unique and were built depending on wealth and status at the time. You might have seen some of these famous fortresses as a backdrop in famous films and the odd few are still used as family homes.
Scotland's Castle Trail Aberdeenshire covers 17 castles to be explored. More in Moray Tours and Transport has pre-designed a day tour itinerary to help you visit up to 3 (three) castles*
You can customize this tour!! Click on BOOK NOW and select your own castles in Aberdeenshire Scotland's Castle Trail 2!
Kinnaird Head Castle(HS)
Delgatie Castle (P)
Fyvie Castle (NT)
Haddo House (NT)
Tolquhon Castle (HS)
Castle Fraser (NT)
Craigevar Castle (NT)
Drum Castle (NT)
Crathes Castle (NT)
Dunnottar Castle (P)
HS- Historic Scotland
NT - National Trust
P - Private
*The choice of Castles to be visited on a day is directed related to the time available to travel between sites, opening hours, and pre-booked slots to visit the building interior (if and where applicable)* Contact us to discuss your personal requirements.
Contact us prior make your booking if you require any assistance. Many castle visits in the region are seasonal (Spring/Summer) while others are only opened for a few months during the year. It is highly recommended to check the attraction opening dates and times on its website before planning your ground transportation. Contact us for more details.
**Arrangements for lunch/picnic will be discussed as per your requirements. The beautiful Aberdeenshire is a perfect spot for a picnic or a meal at a local restaurant between visits and a countryside walk with fresh air.
Below a suggestion for a 1-day itinerary:
Castle Fraser (NT)
Built in 1400, Castle Fraser was the home of the Fraser family for more than 400 years. This superb construction was built around a fortified tower house using the local granite and follows a Z-shape architecture, which was a popular style of Scottish castles built at the time.
The castle is filled with family portraits, ornaments, and mementos – all of which have their own colorful stories to tell about the lairds. The estate contains a flight pond, mixed woodland, and open farmland, with two waymarked walks giving magnificent views of the local hills. The historic walled garden features shrubs, flowers, wall-trained fruit, and vegetables.
The Castle appeared in some scenes in the 2006 film The Queen.
Craigevar Castle (NT)
Built in 1626 for the Forbes family, Craigievar Castle is one of Scotland's most iconic and best-loved castles. Craigievar was a family home until the 1960s, creating a quirky blend of modern comforts and rare antiquities within the ancient walls. The lack of artificial light beyond the ground floor makes a real sense of what it must have been like to live here all those years ago.
Due to the lack of artificial light, the impressive collection of artifacts and art, including Raeburn's, armor, and weapons is seen by only the shifting light from the sun, exactly as they would have been when they were made.
The riot of turrets, gargoyles, and high corbelling work create the fairy-tale appearance which is said to have inspired Walt Disney for Disney’s Cinderella Castle.
Dunnottar Castle (P)
Built between 1400 -1600, Dunnottar Castle is, of all ruined coastal fortresses, the most spectacular one. The castle is strategically perched on a gigantic rocky outcrop, surrounded by almost sheer cliffs and the North Sea on three sides, and can only be accessed by a narrow isthmus of land with a steep path. The sight of this well-preserved medieval stronghold will simply take your breath away.
Originally it served as an ancient Pictish fortress, and the castle is also believed to be an early Christian site founded by St Ninian in the fifth century. It’s been invaded by the Vikings, burned, rebuilt, burned again, and besieged. William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots and the future King Charles II have all graced the castle with their presence, but most notably the castle held out against the might of Cromwell’s army and saved the Scottish Crown Jewels, the ‘Honours of Scotland’, from destruction.
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Based in Lossiemouth, More in Moray Tours and Transport offers pre-designed and bespoke private tours using a Mercedes Vito Tourer 09-seater for up to 08 passengers, across Moray Speyside, Aberdeenshire, and the Highlands areas. Regional (INV and ABZ) and main airports (EDI and GLA) and train stations transfers. Due to COVID-19 guidance restrictions, the group size limit is 6 passengers.
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Scotland's Castle Trail Aberdeenshire covers 17 castles to be explored. More in...