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Craigievar Castle

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.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good31%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“guided tour” (33 reviews)
“fairy tale” (32 reviews)
“national trust” (11 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Craigievar Castle, Alford AB33 8JF, Scotland
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+44 1339 883635
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"guided tour"
in 33 reviews
"fairy tale"
in 32 reviews
"national trust"
in 11 reviews
"well worth a visit"
in 21 reviews
"forbes family"
in 6 reviews
"spiral stairs"
in 5 reviews
"no electricity"
in 5 reviews
"pink colour"
in 4 reviews
"walt disney"
in 4 reviews
"nts properties"
in 4 reviews
"beautiful grounds"
in 4 reviews
"car park"
in 10 reviews
"picnic tables"
in 3 reviews
"tiny shop"
in 3 reviews
"kitchen garden"
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"excellent tour"
in 3 reviews
"free entry"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is one of the most enjoyable castles we visited in our week tour of the Highlands. This is a very delightfully pink and personal castle, no moats and ramparts - just a small (for a castle) dwelling with fascinating history, and a wealth of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Pink might not be your colour but this castle suits it well. Great tour given by John, very helpful and knowledgeable. Great interior with loads to see. Stairs may be difficult for some. Great grounds to wander round and great views.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This castle looks like it got frozen in time. Almost no modification is done to the castle, only some modifications. The tour guide was really fun, a lot of good humour and information!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Superb tour with an even more superb tour guide. Everything in the castle is original and it has secret passages ways (which you are allowed to investigate) and of course a ghost story

Thank Vanessa S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We didn't really know what to expect with this little pink castle but we were not disappointed ! John, our guide, was wonderful : friendly, enthusiastic and obviously smitten with the place, he was a delight to listen to. He took us through the various...More

1  Thank laetitiaettakeji
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would say this is more of a cross between a tower and a castle, it really is unique and well worth a visit. We had a very informative tour of the castle , explaining the history with some interesting stories too. It should be...More

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Reviewed 16 April 2018

This is a beautiful castle and, by far, in my top three castles in Scotland. Set within beautiful wooded grounds, there is ample parking and gorgeous trails to explore, so, a visit to Craigeivar can be a full excursion for those wishing to do so....More

Thank Nick G
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Reviewed 27 February 2018

It is said that Walt Disney took inspiration from Craigievar Castle to design his castles in Disneyland and you can see why! It really seems like a fairytale castle. It is a bright pink colour (especially if it's wet and rainy!) and is in a...More

Thank Wendy V
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Reviewed 23 January 2018

This is really a stunning castle to visit. It was really a unexpected surprise to see this castle for the first time. It looks great in pictures, but in real life, it's totally mind-blowing!! This castle made me think of a typical Cinderella castle. The...More

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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
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TomRodger989
8 January 2018|
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Response from petermeenan | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately the castle has quite steep stairs up to several levels and to really appreciate it you need visit all floors. I think your brother would feel left out if all he could do was to view the castle from outside.
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