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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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  • Perched on the top of a hill, this castle show its links to those of the Welsh Edward I castles. very little you could climb up but a good walk around. Easy access just a gentle slope up a good path. ...  more »
  • We stopped off on the way to Loch Muick and we're so glad we did. We didn't have to pay due to being English Heritage members. The ruins are a short walk up a hill and they are stunning and the castle...  more »
  • A must see ruin! We stayed at the Kildrummy Castle Park Hotel which has a fab view of the ruins and a walk through the gardens gets you close to the castle which is sadly closed in the winter (makes l...  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!