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Delgatie Castle, Turriff

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Delgatie Castle is a castle near Turriff, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.A castle has stood on the site of Delgatie Castle since the year 1030 AD, although the earliest parts of the castle standing today were built between 1570 and 1579. Additional wings and a chapel were added in 1743.The castle was stripped from the disgraced Henry de Beaumont, Earl of Buchan after the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314 and given to Clan Hay (later to become the Earls of Erroll). Mary, Queen of Scots, was a guest at the castle in 1562 after the Battle of Corrichie.Like many castles, Delgatie is rumoured to be haunted. A number of reports of a ghostly red-haired figure, supposedly one Alexander Hay, were made by soldiers posted there during the Second World War. The castle's information boards, mostly written by Captain Hay who restored the house in the 1950s, recount that the ghost was first seen when a body was found bricked up in a priest hole.Architecturally, the castle consists of a keep, adjoining house and two later wings. Notable features include a very wide turnpike stair and painted ceilings dating from the 16th century in some rooms. In many places may be seen the Hay family arms including the three cattle yokes which recall a farmer and his two sons who were instrumental in the defeat of a Danish raiding party at Cruden Bay. (See Clan Hay for more detail.)
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  • We had a nice afternoon tea with the added benefit of a classic car stopover happening. Plenty to choose from on the menu. Quaint surroundings  more »
  • A very welcoming visit to a castle with great heritage. The only downside for me was the lack of options in the cafe for coeliacs. Other than that I would recommend this as a great day out in a rural ...  more »
  • What a delight - a quirky family castle full of interest - with the best small tearoom in Scotland - even on a cold January day. The story of the family and the castle runs as a theme through more roo...  more »
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  • A wonderful place to visit where you are taken back in time to the 11th century. The food is all locally produced and freshly made to order. The scones and cakes are delicious, no wonder Joan has won so many baking Awards!
  • Fascinating scottish castle off the beaten track. Stumbled across the beautiful setting whilst on holiday in about 2002. Australian expat.
  • Dear trip advisor :) lovely cream teas and very nice staff, well worth a visit. Thanks.
  • Very historic castle with award wining breakfast coffee/tea restaurant
  • Just returned from a long weekend in the Symbister Suite of the Delgatie Castle with the family.What a wonderful place this is ample space for a family with 2 children. The grounds are superb and the tea room has the most beautiful home baked cakes and scones. The castle itself is central to the coastal drive of Scotland and is an ideal base for visiting other areas. Would definitely stay here again, thank you for a superb break

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