Craigievar Castle is one of the best preserved tower houses in Scotland.

This fine example of Scottish Baronial architecture contains fine family portraits and a superb collection of 20th-century ceramics, including pieces by Michael Cardew, Hans Coper, Bernard Leach and Lucy Rie.

A castle existed on the site from the 14th century, but the building as it appears today was begun in 1610. In 1626 The Great Tower was built by William Forbes, and from that time it has been lived in by the Forbes and Forbes-Sempill family.

The castle was bought by a consortium in 1963 and donated to The National Trust For Scotland. Its large estate features woodland and parkland with magnificent specimen trees.

Craigievar Castle

Craigievar, Alford, Aberdeenshire, AB33 8JF

01339 883 635


Opening times

1st October - 4th April 2019


5th April - 31st May

Fri - Tues: 10:30am- 4:00pm (last entry/tour 4:00pm)

1st June - 30 September

Daily: 10:30am - 4:00pm (last entry/tour 4:00pm)

5th October - 27th October

Sat & Sun: 10:30am - 3:00pm

28th October - 31 March 2020


Free entry with National Art Pass

10% off in shop

Valid to 31 December 2020

10% off purchases in the shop with a National Art Pass.

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