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Craigievar Castle, Alford

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Craigievar Castle is a pinkish harled castle or fortified country house 6 miles (9.7 km) south of Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It was the seat of Clan Sempill and the Forbes family resided here for 350 years until 1963, when the property was given to the National Trust for Scotland by William Forbes-Sempill, 19th Lord Sempill, in the 1960s.

The setting is among scenic rolling foothills of the Grampian Mountains, and the contrast of its massive lower storey structure to the finely sculpted multiple turrets, gargoyles and high corbelling work to create a classic fairytale appearance.
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  • Fantastic visit to the castle. Had a great visit and very informative tour. Need to book though to avoid disappointment. John Lemon in the shop was especially helpful. Can’t say too much about him... 
    Fantastic visit to the castle. Had a great visit and very informative tour. Need to book though to avoid disappointment. John Lemon in the shop was especially helpful. Can’t say too much about him...  more »
  • We visited Craigievar Castle last week. We were having a day "Castle hunting" and it was tge second Castle We visited on that day. We were a little disappointed to find we couldn't just walk around... 
    We visited Craigievar Castle last week. We were having a day "Castle hunting" and it was tge second Castle We visited on that day. We were a little disappointed to find we couldn't just walk around...  more »
  • Had an excellent guided tour on Sunday afternoon by National Trust at Craigievar Castle. All staff were very helpful and knowledgeable about the history of the castle. We were members when the kids... 
    Had an excellent guided tour on Sunday afternoon by National Trust at Craigievar Castle. All staff were very helpful and knowledgeable about the history of the castle. We were members when the kids...  more »
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  • Magnificent castle. Pink granite repainted in pink for increased visual effect. Reported to be an inspiration for the Disney castle logo. Informative guided tour and castle brochure. Knowledgeable young guide ready to give details and answer questions. Interesting old/original structural elements and artifacts. A large monkey puzzle tree outside the castle could be used for interesting photo shoots of the castle.
  • The castle was closed when we visited, so could not go inside the castle. There is a walk you can do, but when the castle is shut, there is nothing else to see, e.g. no gardens to stroll around, no lake etc. which is a real shame. The daffodils were in full bloom though which did look lovely. Also, the toilets were closed because the castle was closed and there was no disabled toilet for people with a radar key to access, or nappy change facilities. If this would be a problem then it's best not to go if the castle is closed. It is a very lovely castle splendid in its pinkness and the views are magnificent across the fields and mountains.
  • Calling all princesses 👸🏼 A pink castle 🏰? You betcha! We drove up to Craigievar Castle during Easter 🐣 Holiday weekend only to find out the castle wasn’t opened. The drive up was a white knuckle adventure with some crazy chicanes. I will say it was a bit confusing from the sat directions to get to the entrance of the castle. The parking lot only allows for so many visitors so if the tour buses are there it might be difficult to get a spot. We made the best of the trip and still explored the castle grounds. I fully intend to return to see the interior of this beautiful fairytale castle and to play princess 👸🏼 even if just for the day!
  • What a pretty castle! I love the pink exterior. 3 pounds parking. There is wheelchair accessible parking (u just drive up to the front door). To enter the castle is 14.50 pounds per person however, so we did not go in. Great place for a date!
  • Nice find for sightseeing. Tucked away gem. Tours of the castle are by booking on arrival only and are every 30min, tours are ~30min long. Get to see all the different rooms and some good history and mystery surrounding the castle. A small kiosk outside with outdoor seating for hot and cold drinks with some packaged cakes and biscuits

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