If fairytales were real, all castles would look like Craigievar
Discover the beautiful pink castle said to be the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Cinderella Castle.
Admire an impressive collection of artefacts and art, including Raeburns, armour and weapons.
Experience an authentic tour of the castle, with no artificial lighting beyond the ground floor.
Take a stroll around the gardens and woodland trails.
Enjoy a peaceful break in one of our holiday cottages with lovely views of the castle.
The pink elegant tower of Craigievar Castle is spellbindingly beautiful, sure to enchant children and adults alike.
Begun in the Scottish Baronial style around 1576 and completed by c1626, this iconic tower house is amongst the best preserved and the most loved in Scotland. Craigievar was a family home until the 1960s, creating a quirky blend of modern comforts and rare antiquities within the ancient walls.
In accordance with the former owner’s wishes, artificial light has not been installed in the upper floors. This means that the extensive collection of historic artefacts and art is seen by only the shifting light from the sun, exactly as they would have been when they were made.
First and foremost, Craigievar was a home, lived in for 350 years. It is the special family atmosphere that endears it to so many visitors.
Art historians will love the Raeburns and Jamesones, the rare survival of the Jacobean woodwork in the Great Hall and the impressive quantity of old armour.
The parkland grounds surrounding the castle are equally bewitching, with an unusual Scottish glen garden, a Victorian kitchen garden and two waymarked woodland trails. In early summer the woodland floor glows with bluebells. Keep an eye out for red squirrels or even pine martens scurrying through the undergrowth.
Due to the delicate fabric of the castle, the property is managed under strict conservation guidelines, which require us to limit our visitor numbers – only guided tours are available.
There is a small shop in the castle.
There is a picnic area in the grounds.
Toilets are available in the car park.
Dogs are welcome in the grounds, but must be kept under close control.
Storage for pushchairs whilst you explore the castle is available. Baby back carriers are not admitted.
There is a car park – parking is free for members.
We only offer guided tours, which normally last about 45 minutes.
At busy times it may be necessary to wait for a tour as numbers are limited to 10 visitors per group.
Groups must book in advance – please contact the castle or Travel Trade to arrange this.
For school visits, please telephone 01339 883635 for further information.
Ranger-guided nature walks can also be arranged via the ranger service – telephone 01330 844810.
Disabled parking is available directly beside the castle.
Access to the castle is difficult due to the many steps and steep spiral stairs to the rooms.
The shop is down four steps from the entrance lobby.
Lightweight folding seats are available on request.
Assistance dogs are welcome.
Touch tours can be arranged – please telephone 01339 883635.
The gardens around the castle are accessible.
The woodland trails at Craigievar are on unsurfaced paths; the trails are very steep in sections and can be slippery in wet weather.
Craigievar Castle is 6 miles south of Alford, 15 miles north-west of Banchory and 26 miles west of Aberdeen. The entrance drive is signposted off the A980 Alford to Tarland road.
Please note that some route planning sites and satnav systems will provide directions up the south drive. This is not accessible to vehicles and there is no parking available, as the properties at the end of the south drive are privately owned. Access and parking are only available off the A980, up the drive signposted Craigievar Castle.
Ordnance Survey Ref: NJ566095
Lat & Long: 57.176575 & -2.716753 (this is the entrance to the car park)
Postcode: AB33 8JF
There is no direct public transport to the castle. There are bus services to Alford and Aboyne and then a taxi to Craigievar Castle; it may be advisable to pre-arrange the taxi.