This has to be one of the best preserved Castle buildings of its' age anywhere. It's not been ruined like so many other Castles. Delgatie Castle is the seat of Clan Hay and has been since 1314 when it was taken from the Earl of Buchan after the Battle of Bannockburn. The Castle dates back from around 1049. There are some very interesting features here. The Castle boasts a number of claims, which are, the widest Turnpike Staircase in Scotland, if not Britain at around 5ft wide and is unusual due to the thickness of the walls, rebuilt in the late 1500's after the invention of the Siege Gun. Other facts, there were 2 stunningly painted ceilings, one dating back to 1592, the other to 1597. These are said to be the finest in Scotland, and I have to agree. Amongst the rooms that branch off at all different levels from the staircase (all 97 steps of it) is a bed chamber that Mary Queen of Scots used when she stayed for 3 days in 1562 after the Battle of Corrachie.
The late Captain John Hay had the Castle restored thankfully from the brink of dereliction at it was his determination that has saved this magnificent Castle to as near what it was once like, as possible.Thanks to him, the Castle is now in Trust. Unfortunately we weren't allowed to take any photos in the Castle, but this seems to be the case in most of these places.
There is an Award-Winning Tea Room - The Lairds Kitchen, and I had a Scottish Ploughmans lunch. My wife had Homemade soup and Homemade scones for which it is renowned. Excellent quality food.
Even the Toilets have won a National Award and display an impressive array of certificates.
The gardens were in need of some attention but we were told work was due to start sometime soon. The driveway from the main road certainly does need some work done on it. You have to drive slowly and avoid the numerous bumpy potholes on the way in and out, but it isn't a massively long drive and that was the only downside to the whole place. The Car Park is not very big, but then the Castle has a small but steady stream of visitors. Most come for the Tea Room, but definately look round the Castle. The Family Ticket was £16 and well worth every penny. The staff are all volunteers and very friendly and hard working. That means ALL of your Entrance Fee goes on the upkeep and maintenance of this lovely Castle.
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