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Craigievar Castle

Craigievar | Alford, Aberdeen AB33 8JF, Scotland
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Ranked #18 of 103 attractions in Aberdeen
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Castles
Description: 17th-century castle once owned by the brother of the Bishop of Aberdeen. Open Spring and Summer only.
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Dallas, Texas
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182 reviews 182 reviews
36 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

It was a little hard to find Craigievar Castle with the Google directions, which were wrong on both distances and directions for the turns. This is a pretty popular castle, so luckily there were attraction road signs. The maps in our Fodor's guidebook were helpful too. Craigievar has guided tours only, no wandering about on your own. At £12.50 per... More

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New York City, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

The Craigievar Castle is a great small and off the beat castle to visit. The grounds which the castle are well kept and have great views of the surrounding area. There are paths to walk and a tour which you can take in the castle. To be honest, while the castle is great the drive getting there is what is... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

I have visited this wonderful castle more times than I can remember, but it is always a joy to return to what must be the most original and unaltered of all Scotland's public tower-houses. It is instantly striking from the very first glimpse, and the pleasure just increases room by room as the beautiful ceilings, panelling and furnishings are displayed... More

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Perrysburg, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

The castle is amazing to explore - so much history inside. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to explore castle and the gardens!

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Dallas, Texas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

Craigievar Castle is located in the woods, and appears to the visitor as you round the last curve. The tour guides are knowledgable, and so personable that the tours are a delight. We learned a great deal about castle construction, and the daily life there, as well as about Craigievar, specifically. Lots of stair climbing is required, and even the... More

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Flower Mound, Texas
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

This was our first trip to this castle and like other Scottish castles it has its own uniqueness. Has a very informative guided tour and the gentleman that was our tour guide had a wealth of information. Well worth to trip from Aberdeen.

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Adelaide, Australia
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27 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Hubby really enjoyed this castle. It was only available to view via a guided tour. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and you could ask questions as you went along. The tour was about an hour in length. I thought this a tad too drawn out but hubby was engrossed. Free to Trust members so price was not a consideration.... More

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

With NT membership price never needs to be considered. We had a wonderful visit with a very helpful and informative guide. A fascinating place to visit, well worth the journey.

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Newcastle upon Tyne
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Some believe that Craigievar Castle was the inspiration for the Disney Castle in Florida. You can only tour the property with a guide. The lady who showed us round was very well informed, answering additional questions too. it was a most enjoyable 45 minutes and then we went on one of the woodland walks in the grounds. Admission is free... More

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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

Guided tour of this property with a well informed guide. The guide informed us of the castles (and family) history with some information on the restoration work carried out. The tour was just over an hour in length. (you can ask questions) We split our party into 2 so we could walk the dogs round the woodland walk while the... More

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