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Address: Craigievar | Alford, Aberdeen AB33 8JF, Scotland
Phone Number: 44-133-988-3635
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Description: 17th-century castle once owned by the brother of the Bishop of Aberdeen...
17th-century castle once owned by the brother of the Bishop of Aberdeen. Open Spring and Summer only.
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Cheeky wee visit.

We did a wee visit past the castle and grounds. Unfortunately the castle wasn't open for tours but even just walking round the grounds and seeing the castle was enjoyable. Look up... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
HacheandTorz
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

We did a wee visit past the castle and grounds. Unfortunately the castle wasn't open for tours but even just walking round the grounds and seeing the castle was enjoyable. Look up the castle's website to see when the tours are available. Recommend going even if the castle isn't open!

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Fergus
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70 reviews 70 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Loved this castle! Had a visit in September while touring Scotland. Very pretty setting. Had a guided tour which was well worth it. They know the history of the family that lived there and interesting stories and facts that you might not learn of otherwise.

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Scottish Borders
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108 reviews 108 reviews
52 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The long and level walks were a true delight for the senses, either along streams or in forrests. Little bridges to access splendid undergrowth. Our dog enjoyed meeting other four legged company also.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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142 attraction reviews
202 helpful votes 202 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Free entry with our NTS membership cards. Interesting to see how this castles has been modified, stucco ceilings made in all rooms and timber paneling as thermal insulation. As showpiece there was a metal head frame with a lock and a tongue piece to prevent a person from speaking; possibly for gossiping women. Little shop in the basis with coffee... More 

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

we had a lovely time at this castle. loved the style and color of this castle. Very good place for picnic. Beautifully decorated rooms and lovely staff, very good service.

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Merthyr Tydfil
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339 reviews 339 reviews
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225 helpful votes 225 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This seven storey castle was completed in 1626 for William Forbes and the Forbes family continued to live in the castle for 350 years. Beautifully decorated and furnished rooms and you are shown around by an interesting and informative guide. We had a lovely visit.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

There is a company that does castle tours in Aberdeen but we did our own and this was our favourite. There are so many great castles in the area you could spend years visiting them all - Scotland looks after it's history - well done

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Inverkeithing, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

A visit inside this picturesque Castle is by Guided Tour, it was explained that this protects the delicate and stunning plasterwork ceilings in each room. Our guide was Isabella; she gave us an entertaining tour of the Castle with lots of stories and history about the Castle and its previous owners and residents. Many thanks for a wonderful visit.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We visited the castle with my 3 children; 14, 4 and 3 and the younger children were instantly engaged with the pink castle that they believed a princess must live in. There was an entrance fee, but we are National Trust members. The only way to explore the castle is on the guided tour, which lasts about 45 minutes. We... More 

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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Today i paid a visit to the castle, firstly to meet up with a friend of mine who works there. 2ndly to take the tour around the castle and take in the history and stories concerned with the property. I was introduced to my guide John, who at once made us feel welcome. The thing that stood out though was... More 

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