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. The contrast of its massive lower storey structure to the finely sculpted multiple turrets, gargoyles and high corbelling work create a classic fairytale appearance.

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  • Beautiful grounds. The castle was closed due to the pandemic but the castle grounds are free and beautiful to explore.  more »
  • I live in Aberdeen and I’m surprised not many people speaks about this place. Omg it’s so gorgeous! Perfect for family, couples . Take cash because parking is cash only 🤗 apart from that. Amazing!!  more »
  • Castle was closed but admission to the grounds was free. It is a magnificent piece of architecture and the interpretation panels describe clearly the various phases of development. The archaeologist.....  more »
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  • A great castle to visit and the tour guides are very knowledgeable on the history of the building and the family who lived in it. The only downside is that you are not allowed to take photos inside the castle which is a shame as there are some beautiful rooms with interesting artifacts. The castle is in a lovely setting and looks to be very well looked after Worth a visit and a walk around the grounds
  • This place is magical. A real fairy castle that was the inspiration for the story of Cinderella. There is parking and disabled parking and there are half hourly guided tours where you can access right inside the castle and up to the top. There is a snack kiosk and gift shop where you can buy the tour tickets. It's around £13.00 for an adult but there are concessions and family tickets available. The views are breathtaking.
  • Would have left a better review had we actually made it to the castle. After following signs ended up a farm track entrance which was not accessible to cars, no where to park, and as I am disabled was not willing to walk however many miles it was to the castle. Until signage is improved wont try to visit again.
  • A thoroughly enjoyable visit. You have to have a guided tour of the house, and our young guide was very knowledgeable. You wouldn't want to do the tour if you were infirm as there are many steep narrow spiral staircases. There is not much other than the castle, no gardens to speak of, and just a small kiosk with light refreshments.
  • It's far out of the way, but truly worth the visit. Even just seeing the place is amazing. (Just make sure you drive in from the north. The southern way is a footpath wrongly marked as a road, as we learned from the nice Scotsman who lives by there.)

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