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Address: , Edzell, Brechin DD9 7UE, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1356 648631
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Description: 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 gem of a castle

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Visited Edzell Castle yesterday with my sons (aged 8 and 4). Fionna in the ticket office/shop is lovely, very friendly and helpful and she gave the kids a quiz to complete on our way round. We had brought a picnic and she warned us that the peacocks would come to investigate, which they did! One was very keen on my... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Lovely afternoon exploring this castle and it's lovely gardens. The castle is ruined but you can tell it was huge and wealthy in its day. The gardens are good to wander about and are well kept

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Warwickshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Beautiful setting, wonderful gardens, very quiet and tranquil. Friendly staff. A over priced for a family visit I would have thought, but delight experience to wonder run

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Situated in a rural location just outside the pretty hamlet of Edzell is this evocative and picturesque ruined castle, which must have been something special in it's heyday.The grounds and gardens are superbly looked after, and I would suggest taking a picnic along too - weather permitting, and soak in the atmosphere of this special place amidst the lovely green... More 

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Highland, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

It was raining and we still enjoyed it! I had my 6 and 8 year old bring walkie talkies and they loved using those while we explored the castle and grounds. the gardens were fabulous.

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Alyth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Edzell Castle is beautifully maintained. It is a ruin but walking round the grounds and gardens and clambering up stone staircases to view the surrounding vista, one can imagine what it was like to live there. The walled garden is truly exquisite. The wall holds flower displays and carvings representing the voter and graces etc capture the eye. Historic Scotland... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

It is well off the beaten track and your Sat nav may well tell you it is in an empty field a couple of miles away. It is well worth the journey Like many castles it is only a ruin but the walled garden is thankfully as if the occupiers had just gone away. Original wall carvings add to the... More 

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