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Revel in history and romance at one of Royal Deeside's most beautiful castles

Drum Castle

Venue type Castle & Garden
Location North of Scotland
Capacity 1 - 80
Event types Weddings, Corporate, Private, Other
Green Tourism Award - Silver Wedding BrochureNTS Corporate Venues

Set amidst the ancient Royal Forest and Park of Drum, on the periphery of Royal Deeside, Drum Castle combines medieval history, Jacobean romance and Victorian opulence to striking effect, and is within easy reach of Aberdeen.

Dating from the 13th century, the castle was owned by the Irvine family for over 650 years. A Scottish stronghold and hunting lodge, Drum is now a spectacular venue for weddings, private parties and corporate entertaining.

The castle's gardens and extensive grounds provide a stunning backdrop for photographs, marquees and outdoor activities.

Venue suitable for weddings, corporate events and private parties

Up to 150 guests for drinks receptions
Up to 70 guests for ceremonies
Up to 50 guests for dinner

Up to 45 guests for religious weddings

Garden of Historic Roses
Up to 500 guests for drinks receptions
Up to 70 guests for ceremonies

Up to 500 guests for team-building activities, family fun days and marquee events

Courtyard Cottage is a charming one bedroom apartment located in the historic courtyard of Drum Castle.

Weddings at Drum Castle

Within the castle, the beautifully restored Library is an elegant setting for civil, religious and humanist weddings. In addition, nestling in the grounds and surrounded by remnants of the ancient oak forest, Drum's 16th-century chapel is available for religious ceremonies.

During spring and summer, the Garden of Historic Roses is a feast for the senses: a kaleidoscope of colour and sweet with the scent of flowers from around the world. A romantic setting for alfresco weddings and photography, the walled garden also offers picturesque surroundings for drinks receptions, family gatherings or simply a relaxing stroll before being seated to dinner in the castle's richly appointed Dining Room.

For larger wedding receptions, a marquee can be erected in the grounds.


Bright and spacious and with spectacular views across the historic lawns, Drum’s elegant public rooms are ideal for receptions, dinners, cultural events and private gatherings. Protected by 12ft-thick walls, and adorned by family portraits and exquisite furniture, each room tells its own story.

In April 2015 a vibrant new gallery space opened with a fascinating collection of contemporary artworks on loan from Aberdeen Art Gallery. The new gallery adds a unique dimension to corporate events, with private viewings available to evening guests.

Exclusive private tours of the castle, medieval tower house and historic gardens are available by prior arrangement.

For maximum versatility a marquee can be erected in the grounds.

Travelling to Drum Castle

Situated on the A93, Drum Castle is 10 miles west of Aberdeen, 8 miles east of Banchory and 15 miles southwest of Aberdeen International Airport. Aberdeen is the nearest railway station. There are a number of bus services from Aberdeen which stop within walking distance of the castle.

Contact us

For further information please contact Anna Rinke, who will be delighted to discuss your requirements in more detail, arrange a visit and help plan your event.

  • Telephone: +44 (0)1330 700335
  • Address: Drumoak, By Banchory, Aberdeen & Grampian, AB31 5EY