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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.

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

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'.

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/

Braemar and Crathie

It’s a wildlife hot spot and views are often accompanied by the sound of roaring deer stag or sightings of deer, red squirrels and golden eagles.

There is the opportunity to take part in many sporting activities such as... read more

Braemar and Crathie

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.

http://braemarscotland.co.uk/

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

Activities & Attractions

Balmoral Castle

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... read more

Balmoral Castle

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.

https://www.balmoralcastle.com

Email

+44 (0) 1339 742534

Balmoral Estates, Crathie, AB35 5TB
Crathie
Ballater
AB35 5TB

Activities & Attractions

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... read more

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 the public areas of the walled garden.

https://www.glenlivetestate.co.uk

Email

01479 870070

Glenlivet, AB37 9EX
Tomintoul
AB37 9EX

Activities & Attractions

Ballindalloch Castle

Castle & Gardens - open until 30 September 2019.

Ballindalloch Castle

Castle & Gardens - open until 30 September 2019.

https://www.ballindallochcastle.co.uk

Email

01807 500 205

Ballindalloch, AB37 9AX
Ballindalloch
AB37 9AX

Activities & Attractions

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

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

https://www.historicenvironment.scot

Email

01975 651460

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

Activities & Attractions

Braemar Castle

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... read more

Braemar Castle

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.

https://www.braemarcastle.co.uk

Email

013397 41219

Braemar Castle, Royal Deeside, AB35 5XR
Royal Deeside
Braemar
AB35 5XR