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A view of the Old Tower at Drum Castle, standing beside the Jacobean extension of the castle. The tower is square with battlements. A large area of mown grass is in the foreground.
Aberdeen City & Shire

Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

Getting here

Drum Castle is 3 miles west of Peterculter, 10 miles west of Aberdeen and 8 miles east of Banchory.
Address Drum Castle Drumoak by Banchory Aberdeenshire AB31 5EY

Drum Castle is situated ½ mile off the A93 (the Aberdeen to Banchory road).

Travelling west from Aberdeen, pass through Peterculter. After 3 miles, turn right towards Drum Castle.

Heading east from Banchory, travel 8 miles and then turn left towards Drum Castle.

Buses run every 30 minutes during the day along the A93. The bus stops are ½ mile from the castle (approximately a 20-minute walk).

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Contact information

Telephone: 01330 700334

Get directions

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Opening times

Castle, shop and tearoom

Entry to the castle is by guided tours, which run throughout the day; last entry at 3pm. We are also open daily during the October holidays (12–27 Oct). | Please note that orders for our tearoom are to be placed at the Courtyard Kiosk.

Current period 29 Mar–31 May, Thu–Mon, 10.30–16.00 1 Jun–31 Aug, daily, 10.30–16.00 1 Sep–31 Oct, Thu–Mon, 10.30–16.00 1 Nov–27 Dec, Sat–Sun, 10.30–16.00 28 Dec–31 Dec, daily, 10.30–16.00
Walled garden

Current period 1 Apr–31 Oct, daily, 10.30–16.00 1 Nov–31 Mar 2025, closed
Grounds

Please note that there is currently no access to our play park; we apologise for any inconvenience.

Current period 1 Jan–31 Dec, daily, dawn–dusk

Entry prices

Castle & Walled Garden
Adult
£16.00
Family
£36.50
One adult family
£31.50
Concession
£12.50
Young Scot
£1.00
Walled Garden only
Adult
£5.00

Members go free

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

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Planning your visit

Please note pre-booking is not required.


Please note that the Tower is currently not accessible to visitors until further notice, due to ongoing structural repairs.

The open walkway and stone walls of the crenellations at the top of the castle are exposed to the harsh Scottish weather and require continual maintenance to ensure they remain watertight. With increasing rainfall posing a greater threat, we are currently investigating new ways of dealing with the water at the top of the tower to ensure that the castle is protected, now and in the future.

This may mean sensitively covering the wall walk and wall heads to prevent water getting into the masonry. This would be the first step in a project that will run over a few years as the water is managed and the tower begins to dry out.


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

Please note that we do not have EV charging facilities at Drum Castle.

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

Facilities & access

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’s a designated disabled parking area in the main car park and spaces near the walled garden.

There’s an accessible toilet through the main archway and to the left of the courtyard.

There are baby changing facilities in the accessible toilet, which is through the main archway and to the left of the courtyard.

There are bike racks next to the courtyard and in the main car park.

Buggy access

Mary’s Larder tearoom has indoor seating within the castle, as well as a takeaway offer with outdoor seating available in the courtyard.

Children’s activities
Coach parking

Dogs are welcome in the grounds but must be kept on a lead while in the car park, near the children’s play areas, in the courtyard and around the castle areas.

Dogs are not allowed in the walled garden.

Guided tour

A hearing loop is available for castle tours.

Highchair

We have two holiday properties at Drum Castle:

Courtyard Cottage (sleeps 2)

Holly Leaf Cottage (sleeps 2)

Booking a holiday with the National Trust for Scotland helps us to protect these places, now and for the future.

Car parking is free for members.

Soak up the historical atmosphere whilst picnicking in the grounds.

Self-guided trail

Buy a range of gifts in the shop.

Toilet facilities are open when the tearoom is open.

Walks

The ground floor of the castle, including the shop and tearoom, is accessible for wheelchairs. There’s limited access to the main floor.

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