Trip Planner:   Europe  /  UK  /  Scotland  /  Moray  /  Dufftown  /  Historic Sites  /  Auchindoun Castle

Auchindoun Castle, Dufftown

(4.7/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web)
Auchindoun Castle is a 15th-century L-Plan tower castle located in Auchindoun near Dufftown in Moray, Scotland.While there is evidence of prehistoric, probably Pictish earthworks in the grounds of the castle, the remains most visible today are of the castle constructed in the mid-15th century by Robert Cochrane (later to become an Earl of Mar (1458–79). It was passed to the Clan Ogilvy in 1489 and from them to the Clan Gordon in 1535.An extension is known to have been added in the 16th century by the Gordons before the Ogilvys reclaimed it in 1594, it having been destroyed by the Clan MacKintosh in 1592 in retaliation for the 6th Earl George Gordon, 1st Marquess of Huntly's killing of The Bonny Earl O'Moray, their ally. Following the Restoration of Charles II, the castle was again awarded to the Marquis of Huntly.In 1689, during the first Jacobite rising, the castle was used as a temporary headquarters (on 6-7 June 1689) by Viscount Dundee and his Jacobite army. However, the castle was derelict by 1725. Stones taken from the castle have been used in local farm buildings and nearby Balvenie Castle. While standing, the castle had a large central tower and high curtain wall. Supporting buildings including a stable, brewery and bakery stood inside the wall. A second round tower guarded the northwest corner of the compound. Cellars and possibly dungeons were dug directly into the bedrock beneath the tower. Today much of the curtain wall and some of the outbuildings remain, but the central tower itself is very dilapidated.
Use our Dufftown family vacation planner to visit Auchindoun Castle on your trip to Dufftown, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
Source
Create a full Dufftown itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Dufftown

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Dufftown by other users

15 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM CANADA March, culture, relaxing, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 15 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA February, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 17 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM BELGIUM July, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Dufftown & Edinburgh BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA January, hidden gems PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 12 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 21 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in Scotland, Alnwick & Durham BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Dufftown & Thurso BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM COSTA RICA October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 5 days in Moray BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA September, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Went along with some friends for a quick visit. The castle, and its scenery are incredibly beautiful. However, there is a distinct lack of information boards which would have been nice. There is nothi...  more »
  • ...yet we decided to have an adventure and go see Auchindoun Castle. After all, if we were put off by the weather, we'd never get out and do anything! We parked up on the main road, which has a small ...  more »
  • Isolated lonely ruin of the 1400s. Auchindoun Castle was burned by William Mackintosh in revenge for the murder of all occupants of another Castle during a feud in 1571. 
Google
  • Not far from Dufftown. You follow the signs for Rhynie, before turning up a single-track farm road, where there is a car park situated at the top. From the car park, you walk to the castle. The castle itself is relatively whole (compared to other local ruins) and features some information plaques about the history of the building as well as views across Glenfiddich.
  • An awesome castle, with a muddy walk to it!
  • Amazing views!
  • chantori
  • Rubble very suggestive. To get there you must make a nice ride.
    View original