Trip Planner:   Europe  /  UK  /  Scotland  /  Aberdeenshire  /  Huntly  /  Historic Sites  /  Huntly Castle
Huntly Castle, Huntly
(4.3/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web)
Huntly Castle is a ruined castle in Huntly in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It was the ancestral home of the chief of Clan Gordon, Earl of Huntly.HistoryArchitecturally the L plan castle consists of a well-preserved five-story tower with an adjoining great hall and supporting buildings. Areas of the original ornate facade and interior stonework remain. A mound in the grounds of the castle is all that remains of an earlier 12th century motte. Originally named Strathbogie, the castle was granted to Sir Adam Gordon of Huntly in the 14th century. King Robert the Bruce was a guest of the castle in 1307 prior to his defeat of the Earl of Buchan.It was fired in 1452 by a force under the command of Archibald Douglas, Earl of Moray. In 1449 the king was at war with the powerful Black Douglases, the Gordons stood on the king’s side and, with their men involved in the south of the country, the Earl of Moray, a brother of the Earl of Douglas, took the opportunity to sack the Gordon lands, setting Huntly Castle ablaze. The Gordons returned and quickly destroyed their enemies.Although the castle was burned to the ground, a grander castle was built in its place. In 1496, the pretender to the English throne Perkin Warbeck was married to Lady Catherine Gordon the daughter of George Gordon, 2nd Earl of Huntly, witnessed by King James IV of Scotland at Edinburgh. James IV came to Huntly in October 1501 and gave gifts of money to the stonemasons working on the castle. In October 1503, James IV came again and played in a shooting contest at a "prop", and he came back again in the following October. These visits were part of his annual pilgrimage to the shrine of Saint Duthac at Tain.
Plan your visit to Huntly Castle and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Huntly tourist route planner.
Source
Create a full Huntly itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Huntly

  • 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 Huntly by other users

5 days in Huntly BY A USER FROM FRANCE August, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM CANADA November, culture, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 12 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, culture, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 18 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 23 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM CANADA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM QATAR July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, water activities, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, water activities ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 15 days in Scotland SEE PLAN May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 29 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 21 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, water activities, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, water activities ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 31 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Aberdeenshire BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • I visited here for a second time in the last few years. Last time it was very busy, but then again it was summer. This time I was the only one, apart from the staff member. The Castle is very interest...  more »
  • We visited our second Historic Scotland property in two days and found the welcome exemplary again - from a very pleasant and welcoming lady in the ticket office. The weather was again beautiful, sunn...  more »
  • Really nice castle, lots of rooms to explore. If you like ruined castles this has got to be on your list. We had fun, Thank you