Welcome to Craigston
They say an Englishman's home is his castle. Well, now a Scotsman's castle can be your home.
Come and stay in our family home, Craigston Castle. Built by, and home to, the Urquharts since 1604, Craigston is located on the north east coast of Scotland – considered by National Geographic to be one of the most beautiful coast lines in the world.
Make yourself at home . . .
Very exclusive, very inclusive
Our beautiful stately home is set in acres of private park and woodland.
Come and experience the friendly, relaxed atmosphere and make yourself at home in these historical surroundings. By staying with us you will be helping to preserve this historic building.
With exclusive use, you will have the castle to yourselves, however, we, or our good friend Elisabetta who lives in a self-contained flat in the south wing, will be on hand should you need anything.
Have a look around . . .
Events & Weddings at Craigston
Plan your special day . . .
When the time is right
Craigston Castle has been our family home since 1604. My wife and our three boys love to spend as much time here as possible and we want to share this experience with others, so we let the castle to families and small groups for 12 to 13 weeks per year, between May and October. We really enjoy being able to share Craigston.
Due to this limited availability we recommend you reserve your preferred dates in plenty of time.
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History, golf, whisky, nature . . .
Scotland is the famous home of golf and here in the northeast are over 70 courses to choose from, ranging from the grand to the picturesque. Most are within a 45 minute drive, including nearby Royal Aberdeen, Fraserburgh and Trump International which rank among some of the best courses in Scotland. Follow the Whisky Trail, walk, ride, explore ... there is so much to do here on and off the estate.
Golf courses, Whisky trail, Castle trail, Dolphin watching . . .
Think outside ... no box required
Outdoor activities and bushcraft workshops in the Castle grounds and adjacent Craigston Woods.
Engage and inspire your team . . .
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) ... more
Coming through the front door, you are face to face with a splendid woodcarving of the family crest. This shows many of the different elements of the family Coat of Arms: wild boars, hunting dogs, mermaids, a naked lady, and knights in armour. ... more
In 2020 the castle will be open to the public 7-27 May and again 19th–20th and 26th–27th September and throughout the year by appointment.
Opening times are: 1pm–4pm with guided tours leaving on the hour every hour (last tour at 3pm). Entry prices: adult £6, child £2, groups £4. Payment cash only.
Visits can also be arranged, by prior appointment, throughout the year – please contact us.
Accommodation is available year round – please check here for availability.
The castle is open for guided tour from 2nd to 25th of May and 23rd, 24th September. Tours leave at 13.00, 14.00 and 15.00. Entry prices: adult £6, child £2, groups £4. Payment: cash only.
Special dates: 16th and 17th September in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council Doors Open Days 2023, we'll run guided tour free of charge starting at 11.00 ending at 16.00 (last tour at 15.00).
Accommodation is usually available between May to October, however accommodation at The North Lodge is available all year round – please check here for availability.