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Craigievar Castle

Enchanting, fairytale castle in the heart of Aberdeenshire
A view of Craigievar Castle in autumn on a sunny day. The image is taken from ground level at the foot of a large tree, with orange fallen leaves in the foreground. The pink tall storeys of the castle can be seen in the background, against a bright blue sky.
Craigievar Castle

If fairytales were real, all castles would look like Craigievar. This elegant pink tower is spellbindingly beautiful, sure to enchant children and adults alike.

Built in the Scottish Baronial style around 1576, this iconic tower house is among the best preserved and the most loved in Scotland; its exterior remains virtually unchanged since William Forbes completed it c1626. Craigievar was a family home until the 1960s, creating a quirky blend of cosy interiors 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 castle’s extensive collection of historic artefacts and art is seen in the shifting light from the sun, exactly as they would have been when they were made.

A marquee can be erected on the castle lawn for catered events as there are no facilities for dining or drinks receptions inside the castle.


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Up to 100

Venue type

Castles & Houses

Planning your event


Wedding ceremony – 30 guests
Meeting – 30 guests (theatre-style)

Please note that there are no facilities for dining or drinks receptions inside the castle.


Marquee event – 100 guests


Within the grounds, North Mains and South Mains Cottages and Steading Cottage offer excellent self-catering accommodation for up to 12 guests.

For further information please contact us. We’ll be delighted to discuss your requirements in more detail, arrange a visit and help plan your event.

Getting here

Craigievar Castle is off the A980, 6 miles south of Alford and 26 miles west of Aberdeen.
Address Craigievar Castle Alford Aberdeenshire AB33 8JF OS Ref: NJ567097

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There’s no public transport to Craigievar Castle.

Please note that some route planning sites and sat-nav systems will provide directions to the south drive. This is not accessible to vehicles and there’s no parking here, as the properties at the end of the south drive are privately owned.

Please only follow the brown National Trust for Scotland signs from the A980.

Latitude and Longitude co-ordinates: 57.176575 & -2.716753 (car park entrance)