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You can't go far on the SnowRoads without stumbling upon a castle, from rustic ruins to grand gardens and tours.

Knock Castle (Ruin)

On the south side of the River Dee, just to the west of Ballater, sit the ruins of Knock Castle. It’s possible to walk to the castle from the village starting from the Old Royal Station. The ruin is a 16th century, four-storey tower house... read more

Knock Castle (Ruin)

Knock Castle is a four-storey, 16th century ruined tower house located on Knock Hill to the West of Ballater.

Knock Castle
Ballater
AB35 5SQ

Castle

Drumin Castle

Only two walls remain of this former stronghold of Alexander Stewart, better known as the 'Wolf of Badenoch' (1342-1406). The ruins are situated in the garden of Drumin Farmhouse. Visitors are welocme to use the 500m circular walk and to explore... read more

Drumin Castle

www.glenlivetestate.co.uk

Email

01479 870070

Glenlivet
Tomintoul
AB37 9EX

Castle

Corgarff Castle

An isolated tower house in the Cairgorms that was a residence of the high-status Forbes family. After Culloden in 1746, it was converted to become a Redcoat garrison fortress, largely to suppress Jacobite activity. What to see and do: Admire the... read more

Corgarff Castle

The reconstructed barrack rooms - recreating something of the atmosphere of barrack life here in 1750, when redcoats from Pulteney's 13th Foot were stationed here.

www.historicenvironment.scot

Email

01975 651460

8 Miles W of Strathdon on A939
Corgarff
Strathdon
AB36 8YP

Visitor Attraction

Braemar Castle

17th Century Castle with an exciting story. Built in 1628 by the Earl of Mar as his Highland hunting lodge, burned in the first Jacobite uprising, home to the leader of the 1715 rebellion and garrison for government troops after the final defeat... read more

Braemar Castle

www.braemarcastle.co.uk

Email

013397 41219

Braemar Castle
Royal Deeside
Braemar
AB35 5XR

Castle

Balmoral Castle

In 2018 the grounds, gardens, exhibitions, gift shop and coffee shop will be open to the Public on a daily basis from Friday 30th March until Tuesday 31st July. Opening times are from 10.00 a.m. until 5.00 p.m. however please note that the last... read more

Balmoral Castle

www.balmoralcastle.com

Email

+44 (0) 1339 742534

Balmoral Estates
Crathie
Ballater
AB35 5TB

Castle

Glenbuchat Castle

A Z-plan tower house, built in 1590. Former laird, John Gordon, was a notable Jacobite.

Glenbuchat Castle

01667 460 232

Glenbuchat
Strathdon
AB36 8

Ballater

Queen Victoria fell in love with the area and built Balmoral Castle just outside the village. Today, the royal connection remains strong.  Many of the shop fronts proudly display the Royal Warrant and so you can try some local produce... read more

Ballater

In the centre of Royal Deeside, and at the heart of the SnowRoads, is Ballater. As the largest village on the eastern side of the Cairngorms National Park, this thriving community makes for an ideal place to stop over with a range of accommodation options.

http://www.visitballater.com/

Visitor Attraction

Ballindalloch Castle

Castle and Gardens - Now Open

Ballindalloch Castle

www.ballindallochcastle.co.uk

Email

01807 500 205

Ballindalloch
Ballindalloch
AB37 9AX

The Doune of Invernochty

It is said to be one of the finest examples of Norman earthwork castles in Scotland.  It’s a 12th-century castle of which only earthworks survive situated in Strathdon, between the villages of Bellabeg and Strathdon, at the confluence of... read more

The Doune of Invernochty

The Doune of Invernochty is an earthwork castle dating from around 800AD. It is a moated motte and was a stronghold of the Mormaer of Mar and is sometimes described as the 'Citadel of Mar'.

Kindrochit Castle (Ruin)

Kindrochit Castle was built mainly as a base for royal hunts but became a strategic power-base on the banks of the Clunie Water, a tributary of the River Dee.  Braemar in medieval days was at the crossroads of two important routes... read more

Kindrochit Castle (Ruin)

Kindrochit Castle is a ruined 14th-century fortification located on the banks of the Clunie River in Braemar.

Kindrochit Castle
Braemar