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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.

This property is part of the ‘We’re Good to Go’ scheme, which means we have carried out an official COVID-19 risk assessment to check we have everything in place to reopen safely.

Please be aware that for the health and safety of visitors, volunteers and employees in our hospitality venues, we will record the name and contact details of everyone who enters in order to support NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect. This information will be used to enable NHS Scotland to contact you should you have been in the venue around the same time as someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. We are obliged to process this data to comply with The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 11) Regulations 2020. Please see our Data Protection page for further information.

Further to this, in National Trust for Scotland non-hospitality settings, where there is either a pre-booking system in place or there is the potential for close contact (eg in some of our smaller properties), we will ask visitors to provide limited contact information. This is for the purposes of managing the number of visitors and also to support NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect. For further information, please see our Data Protection page.

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.

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

Please note pre-booking is NOT possible! Please follow government guidelines. Entry to castle every 10-15 minutes. Tickets purchased from shop.

1 Jan–18 Jun, closed 19 Jun–22 Aug, Thurs–Sun, 10.30–16.00 (last entry 16.00) 23 Aug–26 Sep, Sat & Sun, 10.30–16.00 (last entry 16.00) 27 Sep–16 Oct, closed Current period17 Oct–24 Oct, Sat & Sun, 10.30–15.00 (last entry 15.00) 25 Oct–31 Mar 2022, closed

Current period1 Dec–31 Mar 2022, 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