An exterior view of the recently repainted pink walls of Craigievar Castle, looking up from beside the barmkin wall.
Aberdeen City & Shire

Craigievar Castle

About this place

An iconic Scottish castle, packed with history, armour and art

  • Discover the beautiful pink castle said to be the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Cinderella Castle.
  • Explore the castle grounds and walk our woodland trail, keeping an eye out for incredible wildlife that roam Craigievar; see if you can spot our fantastic five!
  • Admire one of Scotland’s first house martin towers.

Nestled on a picturesque hillside, the elegant pink tower of Craigievar Castle is spellbindingly beautiful, sure to enchant children and adults alike.

Began 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.

Our recent Pink Again project has resulted in a revival of the ‘Craigievar Pink’ on the harling as well as enhanced conditions to protect the castle fabric and its exquisite interiors.

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Today's Opening Hours

Castle, shop and kiosk
10.30–16.00 (last tour and entry 16.00)
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Entry prices

One adult family
Young Scot
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At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

Join from £5.20 / month

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Accreditations and awards

  • Visit Scotland 4 Star Award
  • Green Tourism Silver Award

Did you know?

In keeping with the former owner’s wishes, there is no artificial lighting beyond the ground floor of the castle, meaning its collection is seen in the shifting light of the sun as originally intended.

Stay for longer

Enjoy a rural break in one of our holiday cottages in the grounds of the castle.

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Property guidebook

Delve into the world of Craigievar Castle with our property guide. Purchase ahead of your visit.

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Support the Pink Again project to help us protect and restore Craigievar’s historic pink walls.

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