Castles in the North-East of Scotland
Steve and Elizabeth love the north-east of Scotland, not least because it’s an area full of stunning castles; you’ll find everything from romantic ruins like Balvenie to the beautifully maintained Ballindalloch Castle and gardens. Historic Environment Scotland maintains many of the ruined castles, including Spynie Palace. The National Trust for Scotland properties are beautifully preserved.
Castles Royal Deeside
The only problem you might have is where to start! Try Drumin a ruined castle in Glenlivet, or Balmoral - a beautiful drive over the mountains passing Corgarff to Royal Deeside. There you are spoilt for choice with Drum, Crathes and Craigievar. Elizabeth’s favourite ruins are Glenbuchat and Kildrummy in Strathdon.
If you’re looking to drive further north towards the coast, Brodie and Cawdor Castles are situated between Forres and Inverness. Even older are Clava Cairns – close to Culloden Battlefield and Fort George - made popular through the TV series “Outlander”. North-east from Dufftown, you’ll find Auchindoun & Huntly castles; and close to Turiff, Fyvie Castle stands tall with its 5 towers and 5 centuries of ghosts, legends and Scottish folklore to share.
Is that enough to be getting on with? After a day of bagging castles, the tranquillity of Bluefolds Cottages awaits you with its panoramic views and the sounds of nature to be enjoyed.
This lovely cottage, in Speyside, has an enclosed courtyard for you to enjoy summer barbecues and sweeping mountain views. Welcomes 1 dog. Free Wi-Fi.Read more
This self-catering cottage has stunning views to the Cairngorm mountains and an atmospheric multi-fuel stove for cosy evenings at home. It is named after a local distillery, GlenDronach. Welcomes up to 2 dogs. Free Wi-Fi.Read more
This original detached farmhouse with large kitchen provides a lovely space for you all to prepare and enjoy the fresh, local-produce to be purchased in Moray Speyside. Welcomes up to 2 dogs. Free Wi-Fi.Read more
This cottage has panoramic views across Glenlivet, with a patio for barbecues. Relax and tour Speyside and the Cairngorms NP. Welcomes 1 or 2 dogs. Free Wi-Fi.Read more