Corgarff Castle, Strathdon

Corgarff Castle is located at Corgarff, in Aberdeenshire, north-east Scotland. It stands by the Lecht road, which crosses the pass between Strathdon and Tomintoul.The castle was built in the mid 16th century by the Forbes of Towie. In 1571 it was burned by their enemy, Adam Gordon of Auchindoun, resulting in the deaths of Lady Forbes, her children, and numerous others, and giving rise to the ballad Edom o Gordon. After the Jacobite risings of the 18th century, it was rebuilt as a barracks and a detachment of government troops were stationed there, on the military road from Braemar Castle to Fort George, Inverness. Military use continued as late as 1831, after which the tower served as a distillery and housed local workers. It remained part of the Delnadamph estate belonging to the Stockdale family until they passed the castle into state care in 1961 and gave the ownership of the castle to the Lonach Highland and Friendly Society. It is now in the care of Historic Scotland and is open to the public.
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  • Corgarff Castle has been around since 1550 and has been used as a family stronghold , by the Jacobites and as a garrison base for the redcoats after Culloden. The castle is now looked after by Histori...  more »
  • I visited Corgarff on a wet, windy day and understandably there were no other visitors at that time. There is a decent sized car park with two disabled spaces however there is a long, fairly steep uph...  more »
  • Another beautiful HIstoric Scotland site, not so much a castle, more of a fort where the English remained after the Jacobite uprising. Set in the lovely countryside of Strathdon and can be seen for mi...  more »
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  • Beautiful setting and well worth the stop. Interesting if bite sized history with fun dressing up costumes for grown ups on the top floor.
  • More a walled country house than a castle... beautiful nonetheless.
  • Not a castle by my standards, just as impressive as a house with a wall surrounding...
  • Not a fab castle, but great views of the Cairngorms from the land.
  • Not much there. Take a picture and move on

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