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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 . . .

Staying at Craigston
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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

The Estate is also a unique venue for weddings, dinners, corporate activities and other events, all hosted and arranged by the family.

Plan your special day . . .

Events & Weddings

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 up to 12 people 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.

Book with confidence, book direct . . .

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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 . . .

Things to do & places to visit

Think outside ... no box required

Outdoor activities and bushcraft workshops in the Castle grounds and adjacent Craigston Woods.

Engage and inspire your team . . .

Team Building
Craigston Castle's History Filled Library

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

Craigston Water Drop Photos
The House

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

Craigston - The Castle Grounds
The Castle Grounds

Craigston is set in 250 acres of mature mixed wood and parkland in the middle of the working Craigston Home Farm. There are different walks that can be taken through the woods from a light 20 minute stroll to a more strenuous trek ... more


Kurtis Orcutt Booked direct Craigston Castle October 2023

I have been here many times, mostly when younger, and this is my Family, Clan Castle. The Urquhart family goes way back into ancient Clan times and the Urquhart Clan always looked at this place, since 1607, as a place of the family since John Urquhart built it starting in 1604. I started staying here, a few years ago and this year, October 2023, brought 5 couples with me for a stay. The grounds are always wonderful and William has created a wonderful place for people to stay! Elisabetta is a terrific Host and Manager and the Family is very fortunate to have her. The location to all of the favorite places along the coast are close. Banff, Nairn, Gardenstown, Fraserburgh and Aberdeen are all very close. Turriff is a very lovely town and just a few miles away. Great Distilleries are nearby also, including my favorite, Glendronach. I highly recommend as a classic Castle stay for your next adventure in Aberdeenshire!!

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Opening times

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 tours from the 2nd to the 22nd of May and the 7th, 8th, 28th and 29th September.

Tours leave at:
15.00, 16.00 and 17.00 weekdays
14.00, 15.00, 16.00 weekends

Entry prices: adult £8, child £2, groups £5. Payment: cash only.

Accommodation is usually available between May to October, however accommodation at The North Lodge is available all year round – please check here for availability.

Take a look inside

four-poster bedrooms

spacious drawing room

fascinating library

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