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Craigievar Castle is covered in scaffolding with a bright pink wrap. In the foreground is a section of the historic original wall.
Aberdeen City & Shire

Craigievar Castle

About this place

A fairytale Scottish castle currently undergoing conservation until late spring 2024

  • Due to a major conservation project, the castle, shop, kiosk, toilets and the area immediately adjacent to the castle are closed until late spring.
  • Explore the castle grounds, admire the pink scaffolding, and learn more about the project.
  • Walk our woodland trail, and keep an eye out for incredible wildlife that roam Craigievar; see if you can spot the fantastic five!

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.

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Today's Opening Hours

Grounds
Dawn–dusk
Castle, shop & kiosk
Closed
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Entry prices

Adult
Free
Family
Free
One adult family
Free
Concession
Free
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Membership

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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