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Craigievar Castle, Aberdeen

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  • Another great NTS property. The castle looks amazing as you walk up to it with its pink walls which change shades with the light. A lovely preserved home of the Forbes family and we had a cool guide c...  more »
  • Well worth a visit if you're in the area. It's a National Trust of Scotland property so you can use your English National Trust membership to get in but it's guided tours only. There are some lovely v...  more »
  • We decided to visit Craigievar Castle whilst away for the weekend. We used our National Trust membership during the visit. The castle is very striking and interesting. You go round the castle with a g...  more »
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  • Stunning. Unique pink granite used to build this castle gives it a different hue than all the other castles we saw. Seems like a fairytale castle. Make sure to park on the right side rather than take the long walk if you are driving. (We found that google maps takes you to the wrong side for car parking)
  • Fascinating place, words can't describe fully. You just have to go and see for yourself!
  • 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.
  • It's so pretty that I think Disney copied them.