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Address: Edzell, Brechin DD9 7UE, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1356 648631
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Edzell Castle is enchanting. The red sandstone castle walls, set amid...

Edzell Castle is enchanting. The red sandstone castle walls, set amid pleasing green parkland, conjure up an image of a noble bygone age. Medieval society was not all fighting and feuding. Everyday lordly life in late-medieval rural Scotland is more readily understood at Edzell than at most castles.Edzell was home to the Lindsays. When they acquired the estate in 1358, the lordly seat was a timber residence beside the ancient church. During the 16th century, they built a brand-new castle a short distance away – the one we admire today. The ‘icing on the cake’ of their new residence was the wonderful ‘great garden’, added in 1604.

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A great castle to visit.

I arrived at opening time, and had the whole place to myself, to shoot my videos, and still shots. The lovely lady in charge, came to greet me as I wandered around the ruins with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 16, 2015
Roy M
Guernsey, United Kingdom
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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

I arrived at opening time, and had the whole place to myself, to shoot my videos, and still shots. The lovely lady in charge, came to greet me as I wandered around the ruins with cameras and tripods. The history here is fantastic, and if you are ever in the County of Angus, you should make Edzell Castle a "must... More 

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Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania
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357 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

This castle was very easy to find, just off the main road in Edzell, which, in itself, is a lovely village The structure is actually a ruins, but has an attached walled garden that continues to be maintained in the style that it was originally intended. Once through the entrance to the garden, you will be amazed at the layout... More 

Thank geismom
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109 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Although this castle was closed from the end of September I was still able to walk up to and around it. The only part locked off was the walled garden which you can still glimpse through the windows of the castle wall. A lovely old ruin in a pretty setting. You can get a good feel for its previous grandeur.

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Forfar, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

We visited in Spring and so the Gardens, which I've been told are the highlight of the visit, hadn't fully bloomed yet but the castle was very interesting. It gave a good history of the family, the castle and it was very clear which of the ruined rooms were used for which purpose. I definitely recommend the visit if you're... More 

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Biggar, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

As a member of the Clan Lindsay Society jhave visiyed many times. Was the home of the late sir david Lindsay. Grounds beautifully kept. Retoration of the castle is interesying to see. Work still in progress.

1 Thank Anne L
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

This was my first visit but it wont be my last. These beautiful ruins and gardens are a bit off the beaten track but well worth the effort. A lovely place for a picnic. Look out for the carvings on the garden walls very interesting. A gem of a place. :-)

Thank 61Rena
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157 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Edzell Castle and Gardens are a fascinating piece of history, and I am so pleased that we took a diversion to visit the castle enroute from Stonehaven to Edinburgh. The castle and gardens are said to be enchanting ruins. And so they are. Edzell Castle was the seat of the Lindsay's- who acquired the estate by marriage in 1358. The... More 

1 Thank Nigel G
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

Around 40 minutes drive south of Aberdeen, edzell was well worth the visit. Pick a quiet day and it makes a very peaceful and atmospheric visit. Plenty of parking available, attendant was most friendly and informative, toilets are on site. Only a short walk from attendants office to the castle. A souvenir guide book priced at £2.50 is well worth... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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287 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 396 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Whilst the castle itself is largely a ruin, the grounds are well maintained. This is one of those great 'Must Visit' venues. However, on some Saturdays, it can be busy with weddings.

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Burbank, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We stopped here because we were staying close by, and it linked back to a family name. The castle is a beautiful redstone ruin with a lovely garden, peacocks and history. We stayed several hours and totally enjoyed exploring all the nooks and crannies. The attendant on duty in the bookstore was very helpful and informative as well. She discussed... More 

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