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

About this place

Jacobite tales whisper through the medieval grand hall of this castle

  • Visit one of Scotland’s oldest tower houses.
  • Stroll through the Old Wood of Drum, home to oak trees dating from the 1700s.
  • Admire Drum’s exquisite chapel, built in the 1500s.
  • Relax amid the heady scents of roses in the walled garden.

The sweep of 700 years of history is stamped into Drum’s battlements, medieval square tower and sprawling extensions.

The Royal Forest and Tower of Drum were given to the Irvine family by Robert the Bruce in 1323. Later a Jacobean mansion house was added, and in the Victorian era the lower hall was converted to a library, now containing a mighty 4,000 books.

The beautiful walled garden is divided into quadrants that show how garden design has developed from the 17th to the 20th century, with an especial focus on roses.

The ancient oak forest adjoins the castle, providing a sense of continuity through the centuries and a home for red kites, roe deer, red squirrels and badgers.

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Today's Opening Hours

Castle, shop and tearoom
10.30–16.00 (last entry 15.15)
Walled garden
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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

  • Visitor 4 Star Award
  • Green Tourism Silver Award

Did you know?

The atmospheric Old Wood of Drum contains the last remnants of the ancient, once-expansive oak forest given to the Irvine family by Robert the Bruce in 1323.

Stay for longer

To really make the most of the area, stay in one of our beautiful holiday properties on the Drum estate.


Property guidebook

Delve into the story of Drum Castle with our property guide. Purchase ahead of your next visit or as a souvenir.

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Venue hire

Drum Castle is the perfect venue for weddings, corporate events and private parties.

Venue hire