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Slains Castle, Aberdeen

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Coastal scenery complements the dramatic ruins of Slains Castle, creating a landscape that begs to photographed. The core of the building was completed in the 16th century by the ninth Earl of Errol, but reconstruction works have been carried out periodically over the centuries, most recently in 1837. Admire breathtaking views of the North Sea and imagine what life would have been like within the castle walls hundreds of years ago. If you notice a certain eeriness about the construction, you're not alone: It was said to have given Bram Stoker the inspiration for Count Dracula's castle. Dress for windy weather and tread cautiously on the cliffs. Slains Castle is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Aberdeen Edition.
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  • Around half a mile walk from the small car park brings you to the ruins, perched on the edge of impressive coastline. There is plenty of scope for investigating the many rooms, stairs & admiring the v...  more »
  • This a free site. A great place for a scenic walk with lots of ruins to explore. Can be dangerous for young children so supervision is needed.  more »
  • This is very nice place to see and views are also very good, but Its not safe specially for small children.  more »
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  • Fantastic setting. Interesting history & architecture. The coastline, too, is worth the visit even without the castle. Surprised also by the excellent food from the catering van at the entrance. Not just a tourist visit to a fascinating old ruin, but a lovely day out. Oh! There were seals too!
  • As far as ruined castles that I grew up playing in, this is the best! Really dangerous cliffs in abundance mean children and pets need to be kept on leads but as long as you keep a safe distance from them it’s a wonderful place to visit.
  • It's not well maintained, but very beautiful place with greenery. Suitable for walks and place is similar to Dunnotar castle.
  • Haven,t been there, but would love to visit one day, hopefully be for I,m much older. 😊
  • Excellent place to explore. Drive right up to it and park or park at the road and take a longer stroll. It lacks anything about its historical context on site and explore it at your own peril. But we should be thankful the private owners allow the public on to the site at all, as I understand it.

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