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Craigievar Castle

A fairytale setting for a Scottish castle packed with history, armour and art

Planning your visit

We want you to enjoy your visit to Craigievar Castle – your safety is our priority. This means we’ve had to make some changes so that we can keep everyone safe. Please read our Guide on what to expect before you set off.

Drone flying is not permitted at this property without prior permission and approval. Commercial operators should contact the Trust’s Filming Manager at

Please see our drop-down Facilities below for helpful information about planning your visit. For more information about planning your visit, please see our frequently asked questions.

If you’d like to speak to us, we can be contacted by email on or telephone 01339 883635.

Facilities & access

  • Access to the castle may be difficult for people with limited mobility as there are stone steps leading into the castle and shop.
  • Access to the upper floors is via steep, spiral stone stairs.
  • The shop is down four steps from the entrance lobby.
  • Lightweight folding seats are available on request.
  • The gardens around the castle are accessible.
  • The woodland trails are on unsurfaced paths; the trails are very steep in sections and can be slippery in wet weather.

We have an ongoing programme of accessible content development. Detailed accessibility guides for the most visited Trust places are available on our Accessibility pages as well as links to useful resources.

We’d love you to visit the Euan’s Guide website to review the accessibility of Trust places and tell us (and others) what’s good and where we need to do better.

There are two disabled parking spaces by the castle.

There are two quizzes that can be done inside the castle. One is aimed at children aged 5 and under; the other is for children aged 6 and over.

There’s also a quiz to complete in the grounds, with versions aimed at children aged from 4–14 years.

Look out for our interactive attraction in the dungeon about the castle’s historical studded door.

Coach parking

Dogs are allowed in the grounds but please keep them on a short lead in the vicinity of the castle and when close to fields with livestock.

Access to the castle is via guided tour only.

These last 45–55 minutes, run approximately every 30 minutes (for various reasons this may be extended to 45 minutes) and are limited to 10 people per tour.

There is no pre-booking available. We operate on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis, so at busy times there may be a wait before starting a tour.

There is no tearoom at Craigievar but hot and cold drinks, pre-wrapped cakes, crisps and ice creams can be purchased from the kiosk in the grounds. Sit at the picnic tables and enjoy the view of the castle.

Car parking is free for members. The Pay & Display car park is 300m from the castle.

Bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds while admiring views of the castle.


Touch tours can be arranged – please telephone the castle in advance.

There are two waymarked trails around the castle grounds with a wide variety of plants and animals to see.

Opening times

Castle, shop & kiosk

Access to the castle is via guided tours. Please note the castle is closed on Wednesdays in June.

1 Jan–1 Apr, closed 2 Apr–30 May, Fri–Mon, 10.30–16.00 Current period31 May–30 Jun, Thurs–Tues, 10.30–16.00 1 Jul–31 Aug, daily, 10.30–16.00 1 Sep–26 Sep, Fri–Mon, 10.30–16.00 27 Sep–31 Dec, closed

Current period1 Jan–31 Dec, daily, dawn–dusk

Entry prices

One adult family
Young Scot

Members go free

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

Join from £50