Kindrochit Castle is a ruined 14th-century fortification located on the banks of the Clunie River in Braemar.
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'.
The mountainous village of Braemar, part of Royal Deeside, is a great base for adventure or relaxation on the SnowRoads. There’s an abundance of well-signposted, low-level walking which makes it a wonderful place for ramblers, who can look out at the many hills which surround the village and enjoy some sustenance in the cafes and restaurants.
Knock Castle is a four-storey, 16th century ruined tower house located on Knock Hill to the West of Ballater.
In 2019 the grounds, gardens, exhibitions, gift shop and coffee shop will be open to the Public on a daily basis from Monday 1st April until Wednesday 31st July. Opening times are from 10.00a.m. until 5.00p.m. however please note that the last recommended admission is at 4.30 p.m. approximately. We recommend that you set aside at least one and a half hours for your visit to Balmoral. This will give you time to visit the grounds, gardens, exhibitions, gift shop and the coffee shop. Admission charges during 2018 will be as follows:- Adults - £11.50 Seniors / Students - £10.50 Children (5 to 16 years) - £6.00 Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 4 children) - £32.00 Admission charges include parking, access to the formal and vegetable gardens, the exhibitions in the stable area and largest room in the Castle, the Ballroom. The admission charges include the audio handset tour, which is available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. The audio tour is only available for admissions before 4.30 p.m. Please note that all other rooms within the Castle are not available to the public as these are Her Majesty The Queen's private rooms.
Balmoral Estates, Crathie, AB35 5TB
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 the public areas of the walled garden.
Glenlivet, AB37 9EX
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 splendid isolation of the castle, which is situated at the head of remote Strathdon. Check out the star-shaped perimeter wall - the castle's most distinctive feature was added when it became a military base. Visit the reconstructed barrack rooms to imagine being stationed here in 1750 as a Redcoat from Pulteney's 13th Foot regiment. Guided tours available on site Check out a variety of souvenirs from the gift shop. Open summer only - 26th March - 30th September Admission: Adult £6, Child £3.60, Concession £4.80 Visitor parking and bus parking available
8 Miles W of Strathdon on A939, Corgarff, AB36 8YP
17th Century Castle with an interesting history. Built in 1628 by the Earl of Mar as his Highland hunting lodge. Burned in the first Jacobite uprising to keep Government soldiers away. Owned by the leader of the 1715 rebellion who raised the Jacobite standard in Braemar. Rebuilt as a garrison to house the Hanoverian troops. Then refashioned into a beautiful family home for the chiefs of Clan Farquharson, hosting royal visitors and tenants. Opened as a visitor attraction by the present Laird and his flamboyant first wife, Frances. Since 2007 Braemar Castle has been successfully run by the community, who raised funds for essential roof repairs to keep their Castle open. Local volunteers and staff have welcomed and shared their knowledge and passion for the Castle with visitors from all around the world. With its 'Raising the Standard' project Braemar Castle is preparing to embark on its next evolution - a masterplan for the building, its grounds and a commitment to community engagement and learning.
Braemar Castle, Royal Deeside, AB35 5XR