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Craigievar Castle, Aberdeen

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  • Beautiful grounds. Lovely castle set in the countryside. Nice garden walks. Lots of parking. Beautiful setting. Castle is small, but very beautiful. 
  • It had been several years since we had visited this castle and were delighted with its 'recent' internal renovation. The elderly gentleman in his Highland Outfit was very welcoming and our guide for t...  read more »
  • Craigievar is another of the must see castles on the castle trail. The external and internal standards are the highest you will find with beautiful ceilings and paintings/decor throughout. The castle ...  read more »
  • This building with its vertiginous architecture is one of the iconic images of Scotland, representing the pinnacle of the Scottish tower house in its final flourish. For this reason alone I was compelled to visit the building. You may be somewhat disappointed by the internal accommodation, as this is not particularly grand or large. However, you can be assured that this an authentic building, whose deep history can be read from the structural changes over the years. Real tower houses sadly don't look like Hollywood's idea of a castle. If you want the latter, look to the Victorian romanticised and more muscular re-invention of the Baronial style in the 19th century. The Great Hall at the bottom of the tower is the star room. This is a remarkable survival from the 17th Century in the Scottish Renaissance style. It is not huge, but you can just feel the joy of the good times (and good food!) had in the space. The rest of the tower is rather labyrinthine and one seems to climb up and up and up during the tour, in the best satisfying Gormenghast tradition. You come to realise how little personal space people had in the old days - the accommodation in the private quarters is less per-person than a small modern house. A large number of people would have lived in Craigivar. And the maids slept four to a bed in the roof spaces!
  • A picturesque Scottish baronial castle set in the beautiful countryside of Aberdeenshire. The guided tour is friendly and informative covering the castle itself and the family who built and lived in this wonderful location.
  • My favourite Scottish castle. This will always be special to me
  • Beautyful castle, straight out of a children's story. The view and the walk in the woods really good too!
  • Gotta be Rapunzels castle in real life but the place is well worth a visit and there are many walks around so top frae taking the dog and family on a hike.
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