Craigston Castle is still temporarily closed due to Covid, however we do hope to open again to guests in Spring 2021.

The North Lodge is available for self-catering stays (when Government restrictions allow – contact us for the latest information).

We will continue to update our website. Thank you for your patience and understanding, stay safe.

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 Craigston Castle. Built by, and home to, the Urquhart family 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

Very exclusive, very inclusive

This beautiful stately home is set in acres of private park and woodland.

Come and experience the friendly, relaxed atmosphere created by the Urquhart family and make yourself at home in these historical surroundings.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visiting Craigston Castle with a party of 10 colleagues from Sweden, we enjoyed the lovely atmosphere and wonderful hospitality of our hosts … – always there for us whenever we needed anything or had any questions what so ever!

The grounds were lush and perfect for jogging. It was wonderfully peaceful and quiet, with one of us spotting no less than 30 different breeds of birds during a morning stroll.

The Castle was tidy and clean, the facilities were in perfect order, the kitchen was impeccably maintained and fully functioning. In short: Everything we needed was within reach!

We warmly recommend anyone considering a getaway to the Highlands or planning a conference for the office team to choose Craigston, as it is idyllic, both from location and facility point of view!

Thank You so much, Barbara and Elisabetta, for your hospitality and care!

Katariina 18/06/18

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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.

Due to Covid the castle is not currently open to the public but we hope to reopen to visitors again in Spring 2021. If you have questions about this please contact us.

Accommodation is usually available year round but the castle is closed at the moment due to Covid, however accommodation at The North Lodge is still available – please check here for availability.

Take a look inside

four-poster bedrooms

spacious drawing room

fascinating library

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