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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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  • July 3, 2017
    Had a lovely visit warm welcome at the castle entrance, Nice too walk round the floors. The cafe is small as it is in the original kitchen. My wife had a toastie, which she said was nice. I had Storna...  more »
  • July 1, 2017
    I usually only write reviews of attractions when there is something wrong with them which needs putting right, or it is a place which deserves greater public support. Delgatie Castle falls into the la...  more »
  • June 29, 2017
    First time visit to this castle and upon entry were given a friendly greeting by the lady in charge. After paying our entry fee we were given a short revues of the castle. As she saw that I use a walk...  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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