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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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  • The castle itself is a really fine ruin, unfortunately there are no garbage cans and unfortunately there are some who do not just take their garbage with them. If you come from Aberdeen, it is clear my recommendation to take the bus (63) up there as early as possible. We had the place to ourselves. Wandered up the coast and because we do not want more, we went out to the road and hitchhiked to Sælstranden at Newburgh. We had a cannon trip and got gone barely 15 km. one can of course make the trip shorter if you will. Little tip: there are no benches on the route so if you will sit down it may be a good idea with a blanket. In addition, there is also no cafes or similar places, so a good lunch box is also a good idea.
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  • You have to do this at least once if you are in the area. This is where Bram Stoker got the idea for Dracula. It's a short hike to get there, but it is really an awesome location and ruin. Great spot ...  more »
  • This same crumbling Castle is on a site open on the North Sea, beautiful and let the imagination do the rest on life past of those who lived there and came. It's such a shame that it is in such a State. After if being station on the planned parking lot, walk you take a small dirt road passing in an alley of trees and shrubs gloomy, we saw a deer, a heron arise close to us, after you arrive on an open on the rocks and the sea naked part of the North, our lived anecdote, I see off on the top of the Castle an immobile white silhouette, I was nervous my whole family who dared not wanting to go visit this castle, silhouette disappeared and arriving we have seen in the Court in fact one man dressed all in white, a fun course. Go see compellingly Mason
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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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