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Craigievar Castle

Alford AB33 8JF, Scotland
+44 1339 883635
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17th-century castle owned by the same family for over 350 years. Open April to September; access is by guided tours only. There are steep spiral stairs to the upper floors. A stunning castle in a wonderful setting, said to be the inspiration for Disney's castles.
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  • Very good32%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Alford AB33 8JF, Scotland
+44 1339 883635
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Reviewed 6 days ago

They say this was the inspiration for the Disney castle at the intro to their films, but I think a certain castle in Bavaria might have had an input too...that's not to knock this one, which is pretty as a picture and compact too. I...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We had tried to visit this castle on our last trip, 2 years ago, but it had closed early for the season and we were disappointed upon arrival. But, this time, all was well, and we showed up just in time to join a tour....More

Thank geismom
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a truly beautiful castle that is often overlooked by visitors to the area who tend to go to the better known Castle Fraser & Crathes Castle. If you want to see a castle as it truly would have been before modern times, this...More

Thank AnonAberdeenshire
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Craigievar is everyones image of a typical Scottish castle. The guide John took us on an amusing and informative tour of this beautiful homely castle with its windey spiral stairs.Lovely rooms, not in the style of stately homes but for everyday living.

Thank ianbee2015
Reviewed September 14, 2017

This is a little jewel of a Castle. Probably the closest to everyone's mental image of a fairy-tale castle.

Thank petermeenan
Reviewed September 4, 2017 via mobile

With some a little bit of sun, the views are spectacular. The castle has its nice pink color because of the plaster. The guides, extremely friendly, explain what happened down here. Very human!

Thank eddebruin
Reviewed August 28, 2017 via mobile

A place we have had on our bucket list for some time. The pink castle did not disappoint. A very knowledgeable guide made this a lovely visit for us. The stairs can be a bit tricky to negotiate . The views are amazing. Nice staff...More

Thank Daibhidh53
Reviewed August 25, 2017

This is a delightful castle, close to Aberdeen and Royal Deeside. It has a fairy tale appearance and has extensive grounds. The castle itself is open to guided tours only and these take place every 15 minutes or so. Our guide was very interesting and...More

Thank Colin S
Reviewed August 21, 2017 via mobile

Who needs Disneyland when there's a pink Castle like this to be visited? This is one of the best castles I've visited, not least because all the furnishings and decoration are original to the castle. The guided tour was excellent - many thanks to the...More

Thank Ruth F
Reviewed August 19, 2017

We came because we are members of the National Trust for Scotland and were staying nearby in Ballater, but got more than we expected. The tour guide (you have to go round in groups with a guide) was brilliant - helpful and really knowledgeable.

Thank Christopher186364
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August 11, 2015|
Response from Ambisset |
No trains head west from Aberdeen, Nearest station would be Inverurie, which is about 20miles NE of castle. There are busses that pass on the road a mile or two to the south of the castle but they aren't at all frequent.