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Kildrummy Castle, Alford

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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. Take a look at our Alford itinerary maker to schedule your visit to Kildrummy Castle and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Came across this little gem in passing. Quite an easy and pleasant walk up to a quite large ruin. Lots of oyster catchers around. Allows dogs not to be confused with the kildrummy castle hotel. Defini...  more »
  • Kildrummy Castle was an interesting, inexpensive stop. The rolling country side is beautiful. The castle is a run but interesting nonetheless. The gentleman at the ticket counter/store gave us a very ...  more »
  • I spent 2 nights in this lovely hotel at the end of April. Set in beautiful countryside with the ruins of the original castle in the grounds. The wood panneling in the dining and reception rooms was b...  more »
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  • Kildrummy Castle built in about 1250 by the Earl of Mar. Very fine example of the time. The main living quarters were originally in the Snow Tower, a highly sophisticated seven story tower copied from the very latest in French castle design at the time. One of the most interesting parts of the castle is the Snow Tower, which was originally fitted with a system of pulleys so that water could be raised from the ground floor to the upper floors without having to carry heavy buckets up the spiral stairs! The chapel wall also stands to a great height, though the interior is gutted.
  • Amazing gardens to walk round. Rich in history and a must visit if in the area. You pay to walk around the gardens, but when you see them, you don't mind paying. They are immaculate and one of a kind!