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Craigston Castle

Door open days


Craigston Castle is thought to belong to the Bell Group of Scottish castles, forming ??perhaps Scotland?s finest and the most distinctive contribution to western architecture? (H. Gordon Slade).

The Urquhart family is one of the oldest in Scotland and can be traced back to Adam Urquhart the sheriff of Cromarty in 1357. However, according to the great?Sir Thomas Urquhart?(1611-1660) translator of Rabelais, the family can even be traced back to Adam and Eve through remarkable ancestors including Esormon Ourochartos (Prince of Achaia who married ?Narfesid, Sovereign of the Amazons) and Bithiah, the Pharaoh?s daughter who found Moses in the bulrushes. These fantastic claims are symptomatic of the family?s fondness for the romantic and the strange.

Make the most of this fantastic opportunity to see inside the Category A listed, 5-storey Scottish Tower House not normally open to the public, ?on a guided tour by the castle owners.?

Most of the castle can be visited, but the left tower is being renovated, and therefore closed to the public.?

Guided tours will take place at 10am, 12pm and 2pm. ?(Tour lasts approx 1.5 hours) No advance booking required.?


Historic maps of Craigston Castle will be on display for the day. 

Very limited disabled access at the property. 

Key Information

Building Date: 1604

Guided tours will take place at 10am, 12pm and 2pm. ?No advanced booking required.?

Where to find us

  • Craigston Castle
  • Turriff
  • AB53 5PX