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Kildrummy Castle, Alford

Categories: Castles, Tourist Spots
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3.7/5 based on 55+ reviews on the web
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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  • My husband is me enjoyed this visit as we prefer much the ruins to well maintained castles. We were lucky to be only on the site. It was ideal to take beautiful pictures without tourists. I greatly enjoyed this visit.
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  • The ruins here are impressive and it must have been a magnificent castle in its heyday. The model of the castle in the visitor centre really helps to aid understanding of the upstanding remains. 
  • Some of the castles in Scotland are ruins and others are complete. This was a ruin and I seem to enjoy those as much as others. You pay at bottom of hill and have a walk up and there was only 2 other ...  read more »
  • 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!
  • 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.
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