The National Trust for Scotland Castle Trail

Welcome to National Trust for Scotland's Castle Trail  in Aberdeenshire- the ONLY castle trail in Scotland!  The trail consists of 14 of the world's most unique castles,from the rugged splendour of Kildrummy Castle and the romantic ruins of Huntly Castle to restored family castles such as Crathes and Fyvie.

The region shows distinctive brown styles with the recognisable blue castle logo which will lead you around the castles throughout Aberdeenshire, however, if you are pre-planning your trip then this website helps you find out more abut the individual astles on the trail, with directions, details about facilities and photographs. You can of course also find out more at

Take yourself on a journey of secret passages, haunted rooms and dungeons and discover the stuff of ghost stories! There is much to learn and discover.

The Castles on the trail working in an almost circular route from the North West of Aberdeenshire (with nearest town in brackets) are:

Spynie Palace (Elgin)
Huntly Castle (Huntly)
Duff House (Banff)
Delgatie Castle (Turiff)
Fyvie Castle (Fyvie)
Haddo House (north of Aberdeen)
Tolquhon Castle (North of Aberdeen)
Castle Fraser (Inverurie)
Drum Castle (West of Aberdeen)
Crathes Castle (Banchory)
Craigievar Castle (Alford)
Kildrummy Castle (Alford)
Corgarff Castle (Strathdon)
Balvenie Castle (Dufftown)

Click onto each of the links to view each Castle or Estate's page on this website


Craigievar Castle

A fine example of Scottish Baronial architecture and the stunning great tower stands just as it did when completed in 1626.

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Pitmedden Garden

There are some picturesque walks through the estate and you can even enjoy a game of boules on the pétanque piste!

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Fyvie Castle

Fyvie Castle is famous for its art collections, arms & armoury and its origins traced back to the 13th-century with the splendid Edwardian interiors.

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Haddo House

Is an elegant mansion house boasting extravagant Victorian interiors beneath a crisp Georgian exterior, which houses a superb collection of paintings.

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Leith Hall

Is famous for its beautiful gardens with roses, fruit, vegetables and ornamental grasses giving year-round interest and spectacular views of the hills

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Crathes Castle

Crathes is one of the most stunning 16th-century castles in Scotland, set amongst a magnificent garden with its world-renowned hedges and Borders.

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Castle Fraser

Is one of the grandest castles or Mar built 1575. It houses fine art and antique furniture and has wonderful view of the beautiful walled garden.

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Drum Castle

A 13-century tower with a Jacobean mansion house, visitors can climb a ladder to the battlements and make sure you explore the Old wood of Drum!

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Mar Lodge Estate

Mar Lodge Estate is one of the most important nature conversation landscapes in the British Isles and is home to a vast array of wildlife.

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