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Craigievar Castle

Alford AB33 8JF, Scotland
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17th-century castle owned by the same family for over 350 years. Open April to September; access is by guided tours only. There are steep spiral stairs to the upper floors. A stunning castle in a wonderful setting, said to be the inspiration for Disney's castles.
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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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Alford AB33 8JF, Scotland
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Reviewed 26 November 2017

This is a guided tour type spot. Our guide Rona gave us lots of historical detail and was real fun. We were lucky because there was just the two of us and Rona. The castle itself is very impressive and the stories are great. My...More

Thank Dee1506
Reviewed 24 November 2017

Its been many years since we last visited Craigievar, we visited in August, and had a lovey tour, there was 8 in our tour and our guide was very good and informative, there is also 2 woodland walks around the estate.

Thank Ann281
Reviewed 7 November 2017

We normally don't like guided tours, as they tend to be too long and not so interesting, but this castle is worth a visit as a comparison to the many ruined castles in the area. Lots of family history inside, and surprising some of the...More

Thank c7999
Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

I was returning from the Isle of Lewis down the east coast and love my castles. This was the first one I had seen in Scotland that the Victorians hadn't ruined. It has kept a lot of it old charm Really enjoyed my time there...More

Thank Mandy P
Reviewed 2 November 2017

Although the castle was closed when we visited, it is worth noting that the road to the castle is kept open in the close season, as is the car park, so I assume that they get visitors to do the woodland walks etc. We came...More

Thank johnhouston2
John L, Manager at Craigievar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2017

Thank you for your review, the castle closes at the end of September and we will re-open on Good Friday 30th March 2018. The grounds and woodland walks remain open all year round from sunrise to sunset; however, in bad weather the drive may become...More

Reviewed 14 October 2017

They say this was the inspiration for the Disney castle at the intro to their films, but I think a certain castle in Bavaria might have had an input too...that's not to knock this one, which is pretty as a picture and compact too. I...More

Reviewed 12 October 2017

We had tried to visit this castle on our last trip, 2 years ago, but it had closed early for the season and we were disappointed upon arrival. But, this time, all was well, and we showed up just in time to join a tour....More

Thank geismom
Reviewed 10 October 2017

This is a truly beautiful castle that is often overlooked by visitors to the area who tend to go to the better known Castle Fraser & Crathes Castle. If you want to see a castle as it truly would have been before modern times, this...More

Thank AnonAberdeenshire
Reviewed 25 September 2017

Craigievar is everyones image of a typical Scottish castle. The guide John took us on an amusing and informative tour of this beautiful homely castle with its windey spiral stairs.Lovely rooms, not in the style of stately homes but for everyday living.

Thank ianbee2015
Reviewed 14 September 2017

This is a little jewel of a Castle. Probably the closest to everyone's mental image of a fairy-tale castle.

Thank petermeenan
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Response from Dee1506 | Reviewed this property |
We were there in May and the weather was gorgeous. I agree with all others here. The stairs are pretty narrow and steep and it is also a walk from the car park. The grounds are very pretty though and the outside of the... More