700 years of history with stalwart battlements and a Jacobean mansion house
Visit one of Scotland’s oldest tower houses.
Stroll through the Old Wood of Drum, home to oak trees dating from the 1700s.
Admire Drum’s exquisite chapel, built in the 1500s.
Relax amid the heady scents of the Garden of Historic Roses.
The sweep of 700 years of history is stamped into Drum’s stalwart battlements, medieval square tower and sprawling extensions.
The Royal Forest and Tower of Drum were given to the Irvine family by Robert the Bruce in 1323. Later a Jacobean mansion house was added, and in the Victorian era the lower hall was converted to a library.
The beautiful Garden of Historic Roses is divided into quadrants that show how roses have been cultivated from the 17th to the 20th century.
The ancient oak forest adjoins the castle, providing a sense of continuity through the centuries and a home for red kites, roe deer, red squirrels and badgers.
Drum Castle gives visitors the chance to experience 700 years of history, from the original charter sealed by Robert the Bruce to the new exhibition space with its contemporary offering.
Highlights of a visit include exploring the medieval High Hall – on the main floor you’ll find one of the finest libraries in any Scottish castle, now home to around 4,000 volumes, some of which date back to the 1500s.
In the new gallery, you can enjoy a programme of temporary exhibitions throughout the year, often featuring contemporary artists.
Clamber up the steep steps to the battlements at the top of the tower for great views of the Old Wood of Drum and the surrounding countryside.
Take a stroll through the Garden of Historic Roses – it is especially vibrant during June and July. The castle’s grounds provide plenty of lovely picnic spots, while little ones will also be drawn to the adventure playground.
Check the garden kiosk for updates on seasonal wildlife and flowers.
Explore the three waymarked walks around the estate.
Reward yourself with a browse in the shop and a refreshing cuppa in the tearoom.
There are baby changing facilities and toilets in the courtyard.
There is a car park, free for members.
Groups are limited to 25 people; larger groups will have staggered entrance times.
Limited coach parking is available 75m from the castle, 200m from the gardens – please book in advance by telephoning 01330 700334.
Special tours are available by arrangement.
Guided tours are available for school groups in the castle, gardens and the Old Wood of Drum. Slots tend to be booked swiftly, so early contact is advised – phone 01330 700334.
The ground floor, including the shop and tearoom, is accessible for wheelchairs. There is limited access to the main floor.
There is an accessible toilet in the courtyard.
There is a designated disabled parking area in the main car park and two spaces near the Garden of Historic Roses.
Braille information sheets are available, and there is large-print English information in the rooms.
Touch tours of the scented rose garden are bookable in advance.
Drum Castle is 3 miles west of Peterculter, 10 miles west of Aberdeen and 8 miles east of Banchory.