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Kildrummy Castle, Alford

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Castle · Tourist Spot
Likely built in the 13th century and now standing in ruins, Kildrummy Castle is thought to have been one of the most expensive of its age. The former castle passed through the hands of royal families from its construction in the mid 13th century to its abandonment and demise following the failed Jacobite rebellion in 1716. It features a shield-shaped layout, with one edge overlooking a sloping ravine. The different styles of masonry throughout the ruins testify to the castle's evolution over the centuries, and in 1925 excavations led to the discovery of decorative stone flooring and tales of battles long ago. Go on a self-guided tour of what's left of the hall and chapel, where informative signs provide insight into what you're seeing. For the fuller story, ask the friendly staff at the visitor center. Put Kildrummy Castle and other Alford attractions into our Alford holiday planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • We have been to Kildrummy Castle many times and have enjoyed every visit. There is a well maintained car park, clean toilets and a little shop. The castle is never busy with people and even if it...  more »
  • Visited on a typical drizzly August day and the weather suited the site perfectly! Kildrummy was bigger than Stirling and has a long ignored history that is worth knowing. The feel of the place, the.....  more »
  • This castle ruin is very impressive and the surrounding area is just beautiful and very peaceful. The site feels ancient and you can feel yourself stepping back in time. Very much recommend this...  more »
  • This was as good a castle as it gets. Great historic importance, in amazing surrounding. Dont miss it.
  • Large castle ruins that are really well maintained. There are a lot of very interesting historical placards all around the ruins which makes it a great place to visit and learn about the history of the area.
  • Great spot to see some ruins and read the local history in the area, for £6 you can't really complain. The area is huge and can also be a great location to sit down and have a spot of lunch.
  • The castle was great! There was a sign on the visitor centre stating that it (and the toilets) will be closed. Also the hours on the sign stated 5pm as the gate closing time, rather than the regular posted time of 5.30pm. Signs also for the castle gardens being closed until further notice.
  • Nice castle ruins located in a lush green forest/country landscape in the backcountry of Aberdeenshire, doable via the castle trail. Not too busy (I was the only guest at 9.30). Once a powerfull stronghold in the english /scotish skirmish. If you continue to go further north to Inverness, consider taking a detour via the Cairngoarms road, quite a scenic drive.

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