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Slains Castle, Aberdeen

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#4 of 18 in Historic Sites in Aberdeen
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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  • August 3, 2017
    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 »
  • August 3, 2017
    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 »
  • July 30, 2017
    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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  • June 3, 2017
    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.
  • August 4, 2017
    It was fantástic. This castle was inspiration to Stocker white the Drácula story. The castle is in ruins, but it's amazing walk in the rooms and in the small tower. But I recommend be very carefull, because the ruins are dangerous, specially to children, tough there is no protections in the cliffs and in the ruins.
  • July 31, 2017
    Nice location and castle, by the sea. When i was there it was quite untidy however, litter, smashed bottles etc so be careful if your taking your dog, also there are no safety barriers so watch your footing if you climb the turrets.
  • May 12, 2017
    Cool derelict castle with spectacular views, no amenities. Road is nasty. Best for 4x4s
  • August 2, 2017
    Coool place. Lots of history

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