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Craigston Castle Reviews

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Cristina Negri Craigston Castle May 2022

Craigston Castle is a really wonderful place. I have just spent an amazing week full of relax, peace and nature inside and outside the Castle. The surroundings are full of beautiful places where to go and enjoy landscapes and nature….but also historical buildings. Very interesting the Castle with historical furniture and a marvellous Library. Betta , the host, is simply fantastic!!! Very nice and welcoming ….really the top!!!!

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Alessandra Ponzio Craigston Castle May 2022

E’ sempre meraviglioso tornare al castello!!! Questa volta ho alloggiato nella holly room, molto bella e comoda col suo bagno in camera e una splendida luce al mattino. Elisabetta riesce sempre a farti sentire a casa ma ho avuto anche la fortuna di condividere questi giorni in Scozia anche col proprietario del Craigstone Castle, William, amabilissimo e molto alla mano che ha arricchito la mia permanenza con racconti e aneddoti della sua famiglia, proprietaria da sempre del castello. Molto belli anche i dintorni, con i campi di colza in fiore, uno spettacolo!

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Carvelli Federico Craigston Castle May 2022

I loved staying in this place cause it’s beautiful and peaceful, I loved its nature and the entire castle is amazing, Betta is also a really nice person, we’ll absolutely return!❤️❤️


Nickals (Norway) Craigston Castle May 2022

This was my second time visiting this lovely castle and it’s surroundings. There’s lots to see and do, both at the castle and in it’s proximity. This time around my group and I focused on visiting several golf courses and the local pubs which was allot of fun. All the locals are really friendly and has alot of storys to tell. With the lovely host Elisabetta the castle feels like you’re home for a weekend, she takes good care of you and you’re group and has alot of stories about the castle and the history of it. I can highly recommend booking the chef Nelson for your stay as well, as he cooks the most wonderful meals. Looking forward to our next visit!

Giuli Evangelisti Craigston Castle February 2022

I’ve been to Craigston Castle three times in the last 4 years, last time February 2022. It has always been an exciting experience, both for the warm and welcoming atmosphere that never disappoints, and for the wonderful natural rich environment of fauna and flora. It is a castle full of history, you can perceive it in every corner, however hidden it may be, but it is above all a home, lived-in and beloved. An experience absolutely to enjoy.

Marty Dunlop Booked via Celtic Castles Craigston Castle October 2021

Craigston Castle was an absolute treasure. Our group visit castles for a long weekend every year (with a little gap due to Covid) and out of all the majestic landmarks we’ve visited, this was probably the best one yet.
There are many great points about our stay, so I’ll just start listing them. The grounds are nestled in a great little corner west of Aberdeen, with great woods and agri land all around. When you arrive, the castle stands with great prominence at the end of the driveway, welcoming you like high society. Even before you arrive, you’re greeted by Elisabetta through email and text, welcoming you to your stay and ensuring everything is in place beforehand. Before, on arrival and during your stay, Elisabetta gives a welcoming air to the weekend.

You’re not short of space or rooms with Craigston, many lovely bedrooms (even with some under renovation), a cosy and full kitchen area, beautiful main lounge, elegant dining room and an absolutely amazing garden. Even in winter it was nice to sit out in. As the castle is lived in and still owned by the family, it’s always cosy, warm and comfortable (in contrast to some Trust properties are colder and less homely due to being caretaked as opposed to lived in). Everything about the estate and castle is looked after and tended to so you really feel at home when you arrive and stay.

I would definitely recommend Craigston to all for a long weekend or week with the family/large group of close friends, a great getaway. Having the ability to bring two of the groups dogs along really made it too, having great walks on the doorstep and a well equipped/cosy ground floor for them to stay.

Top of our list as a group of castle goers!
From our experience the price is of great value too, for what you get and in contrast to any other castle you could look at for the same time.

Dawn Cairns Booked Direct Craigston Castle September 2021

Was so lucky to spend a few days at the stunning Craigston Castle for my friends 50th celebrations. Castle is beautiful and sits in beautiful grounds. Had a lovely time living the life in a castle and we were well looked after by the hosts. Experience will live with me forever, even the Scottish weather was so good to us.

Jessica Daniel Booked direct Craigston Castle September 2021

We had a fantastic week in Craigston Castle – thank you for sharing this amazing home with us! This castle is truly awe inspiring and although so sumptuously decorated with priceless heirlooms it still feels fantastically cosy and homely. The kitchen is so well stocked, bedrooms gorgeously comfortable and the kids loved exploring all the rooms, especially using the dumb waiter! The grounds are equally lovely, perfect for breakfasts al fresco and croquet on the lawn whilst watching woodpeckers, red squirrels and possibly even pine martens! Elisabetta was so welcoming and full of fascinating knowledge of the castle and also surrounding areas. We were all sad to have to leave and would happily come back!

Kirsty Darwent Booked direct Craigston Castle July 2021

We had a wonderful week at the castle. We got together to celebrate my daughter’s graduation, which could not happen because of COVID, and we could not have chosen a better place to celebrate.

The whole experience was fabulous and we felt so at home. While the castle is really grand, we very quickly settled ourselves: we rather enjoyed getting a bit lost sometimes as we explored the rooms and found our favourites. The bedrooms are amazing and the beds are so comfortable.

Because we were celebrating, we had lots of meals together, and as chief cook, I really appreciated the great kitchen that was well equipped. The kitchen became the gathering place most evenings and we often ate at the big ‘servants’ table. We also used the dining rooms for formal dinners but we were not brave enough to use the dumb waiter!

The grounds are fabulous and we often wandered around. There are acres of privacy and amazing views of the castle. We held our own garden party on the front lawn and breakfasted most mornings in the rear garden, which was beautifully framed with rhododendrons.

Elisabetta met us on arrival and oriented us. She was super helpful and made us really welcome, then disappeared until we needed her. It could not have been a better arrangement and nothing was too much trouble. The trip to the library, which houses priceless family history and archives was a highlight for some of us and it was a delight to get access to this – pretty much the only area of the house that is not fully accessible when staying there.

Overall we had a wonderful time and could not recommend it highly enough – and we really hope to be able to visit again.

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Charles Kimbell Booked through Scotts Castle Craigston Castle October 2019

I organised a driving holiday round Scotland for my Father’s 75th Birthday. To round off our trip I organised a nights stay in Craigston Castle. From the first contact with Elisabetta the property manager I was made to feel welcome and none of my many requests were too difficult. Elisabetta helped me organise a stunning Black tie dinner catered by the Fife arms and an archery competition in the grounds of the castle. Rounding off a fine evening with a whiskey in the grand drawing room the whole event was truly special and memorable. The Castle is simply stunning. Makes sure to request a trip to the roof to see the views. It’s obviously ancient but still manages to be warm, homely and comforting. I could not recommend a stay at Craigston more highly.

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Daniela and friends Craigston Castle Booked direct September 2019

We chose Craigston Castle for a long weekend with friends. Fantastic experience! We lived as princes and princesses with all the castle available to us. The location is easily accessible and surrounded by greenery. Spacious, comfortable and welcoming rooms, fully equipped kitchen and host always on hand. Great area to explore with many villages by the sea, distilleries and other castle to visit. I’ve already book another stay for the end of May!

Julie and Scott, California Booked direct Craigston Castle September 2019

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Craigston Castle and grounds. Elisabetta really took time with us and shared lots of interesting history. The most fun of all was envisioning our dear friend and neighbor Sara Urquhart growing up there! She had told us many stories too, so seeing this marvelous place in person was truly a thrill.

Divya Gathak Booked through AirBnB Craigston Castle August 2019

We had a fantastic stay at the Craigston Castle in Scotland to celebrate my husbands 50th birthday. Elisabetta is a fantastic hostess and the sixteenth century castle is resplendent with art, history, gorgeous architecture and woods. The hostess also help organize an on site whiskey tasting which was fabulous. The kids and adults has a wonderful time exploring the castle and grounds and visiting the many historic and scenic parts of Scotland and culture! Highly highly recommend this!

Alessandra & family from Milan Booked direct Craigston Castle August 2019

We have recently been in Scotland and we stayed at the castle for a week. It was a wonderful experience. Scotland is a magic place and the people are very welcoming but we wouldn’t have enjoyed it so much without the help of our host Betta who suggested beautiful places to visit. The life in the castle is very peaceful and comfortable. Really recommended!!

Roland & Marie-Dominique Booked direct Craigston Castle August 2019

Thank you, Beta for giving us the opportunity to visit and admire this superb family house with sculpted woods, great paintings and various bedrooms. It was very good to meet you and we had a nice time dining with you.

Elodie Wagener Booked direct Craigston Castle August 2019

It was a great day for a ride to Craigston to meet Beta for a nice picnic on the grass, next to the castle!

Stefano e Alexandra Booked direct Craigston Castle August 2019

We stayed at Craigston Castle at the end of August in a small group of six with two children. We had an excellent time and we only regret not having enough time to visit and do all the different activities in the surrounding area. Elisabetta was very efficient to organize a day at the farm while we were busy playing Golf in the magnificent course near the castle. We really enjoyed that time and we will be back soon.

Doris, Austria Booked direct Craigston Castle August 2019

This summer we stayed for 5 nights at Craigston Castle with friends. It is a magical historical place with authentic interiors, beautiful bedrooms and bathrooms. The castle is situated in a very scenic and peaceful part of Scotland and ideal for friends or family reunions. The location is perfect for short excursions and hikes in the surroundings including Whiskey distilleries.

Elisabetta and William are incredibly welcoming and helpful hosts who took excellent care and made us immediately feel at home. The children particularly enjoyed playing hide and seek in the enchanted rooms and playing soccer on the big lawn in front of the castle.

Our teenage children and us did not want to leave and hope to come back next year.

George Merson Booked direct Craigston Castle July 2019

Read the following review in full here: Craigston Castle Revisited – Summer 2019

In July I travelled to Aberdeenshire to rediscover my Scottish roots … I had not set foot in the Craigston Castle since I was a young boy, some 60 years ago. … Throughout our tour Elisabetta provided us with a detailed commentary on the various objects we viewed and answered our many questions … Elisabetta’s love, energy and enthusiasm for Craigston was apparent from the moment we met her and throughout our visit. … This is truly a cut above many other holiday properties, and I am looking forward to booking it in the near future for a family reunion … William and his team at Craigston have done a remarkable job in maintaining the fabric of the castle, both externally and internally and congratulations are in order. I left Craigston and the estate with the warmest of feelings vowing to return soon.

Anon Booked through Scotts Castle Craigston Castle July 2019

Couldn’t have wished for more. Very simple and straightforward to book, with good communication beforehand and swift return of deposit following our departure.

Outstanding holiday castle rental with exceptional service from Elisabetta at Craigston Castle who went out of her way to ensure we were well looked after. When we mentioned that several people in our group played the piano she even went so far as to ensure the lovely grand piano in the drawing room was tuned just before we arrived, especially for our visit. Staying at the castle with its rich heritage and history was a rare privilege for us and worth every penny. We couldn’t have wished for a more memorable and inspiring holiday.

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Nicklas Hellborg, Olso Booked direct Craigston Castle July 2019

Warm-hearted hospitality in an authentic and idyllic location. From the moment you enter the Castle you are transported back in time and greeted by the lovely Elisabetta who made us feel like castle owners for a weekend. We rented Craigston Castle for a group of 10 friends that wanted to experience the Scottish atmosphere and traditional activities but got much more than we bargained for. The lovely surroundings of the castle are perfect for jogging and exploration and the local pub is full of stories. Here you will find something for everyone and it is the perfect getaway. We are truly indebted to William for opening up this house for others, Elisabetta’s hospitality and of course to the chef, Nelson, who made our stay most welcome and we certainly look forward to returning again in the not too distant future.

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Annamaria, Fabrizio & Alessia da Roma Booked direct Craigston Castle November 2018

If you want to stay away from the chaos of the city, relax, enjoy nature, enjoy a wonderful experience by diving into the XVII century and enjoy with your friends, this is the place!!! A unique place with a unique singular atmosphere that will make you feel at home.not to miss at all!!!

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Matilde Booked direct Craigston Castle November 2018

We hired Craigston Castle for a long weekend with a group of seven ladies and had an absolutely wonderful time from start to finish. Everything was just perfect. From Betta’s warm and attentive hospitality, to the incredible rooms and very comfortable bathrooms, to the fully equipped kitchen, to the endless activities that we spent our days exploring. We tasted whiskies, visited a great nearby distillery, lounged about in front of the fire and had lots of delicious dinners. I couldn’t recommend Craigston more, we’re already planning to go back again soon! I love Craigston Castle! A unique place, very fascinating and with a warm atmosphere. Beautiful furniture design, very gentle welcome, friendly family management that makes you feel at home. The castle is within a wonderful territory, wild and with a lot of nice animals: deer, sheep and cows. The surroundings are very nice, with many villages by the sea and other castles to visit. I suggest you make your next relaxing vacation there!

Antonella Gala Booked direct Craigstone Castle October 2018

Carissima Elisabetta, siamo molto contenti che tu stia bene e che ti stia lì godendo questo periodo che possiamo immaginare pieno dei tipici meravigliosi colori autunnali ancor più esaltati dal bellissimo parco che circonda il castello. Che dire del nostro soggiorno a Craigstone Castle: sono stati 10 giorni d’incanto. Per la bellezza del luogo, per l’eleganza della struttura e degli arredi, per la più che cortese accoglienza, per i preziosi consigli sulle cose e gite da fare e soprattutto per la tua disponibilità e gentilezza. Dipendesse solo da noi torneremmo subito. Speriamo comunque di poterci rivedere quanto prima. Un abbraccio, Claudio e Antonella.”

Lee McCown Booked direct Craigston Castle October 2018

We selected Craigston Castle to celebrate our 50th Anniversary with our children and grandchildren. I cannot imagine a better selection. From the moment we saw the castle, through the trees, on our arrival we knew our stay would be memorable. Barbara and Betta met us at the front door and grave us the grand tour and history of the castle. Their responsiveness to our needs and requests was amazing and enhanced our stay. Whether playing hide and seek in the castle or exploring the trails and meadows in the surrounding forrest there was no need for electronic entertainment, much to our grandchildren’s surprise. The castle is perfectly located for exploring the Northeastern Highlands and coast. However, we opted to spend most of our time at the Craigston Castle. Truly , a once in a lifetime experience

Claudio Pittelli Booked direct Craigstone Castle September 2018

Che dire del nostro soggiorno lo scorso agosto a Craigstone Castle: sono stati 10 giorni d’incanto per la bellezza del luogo, per l’eleganza della struttura e dei preziosi arredi, per la cortese accoglienza ricevuta, per gli ottimi consigli sulle cose e gite da fare nelle vicinanze e, soprattutto, per la disponibilità e gentilezza di Elisabetta che vi fa sentire come a casa vostra.”

Katariina Booked through AirBNB Craigston Castle August 2018

Visiting Craigston Castle with a party of 10 colleagues from Sweden, we enjoyed the lovely atmosphere and wonderful hospitality of our hosts. We stayed at the castle for a week in total, some for the total stay and others for just parts of the week. The generous amount of flexibility and hospitality was out of this world! Nothing was impossible, and our hosts were 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 Craigstone, as it is idyllic, both from location and facility point of view! Thank You so much, Barbara and Elisabetta, for your hospitality and care!”

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Colleen Urquhart-Fillner Booked direct Craigston Castle August 2018

In August my husband and I came to Scotland to explore my family “roots.” The indisputable highlight of our trip, however, was being able to visit the ancestral home of the Urquhart clan, Craigston Castle. We cannot thank William, Barbara and Elisabetta enough for making this dream possible, not just for me, but for my late father and grandfather who always wanted to come to Scotland to see our family home but were never able to do so. The visit was everything we could have ever dreamed of and more. Words cannot adequately express the magnificence and sense of overwhelming history of the castle. Craigston Castle is truly a special and unique place where so many important historical artifacts (furnishings, rare antique carpets, paintings, photos, and other objects de art) are so wonderfully preserved and beautifully displayed. Elisabetta graciously gave us a magnificent tour of the castle, describing the various rooms and significant features in astounding detail. The time flew by so quickly, and we learned so much about the Urquhart family–my ancestors–under her guidance. She is truly an amazing and delightful lady who lends such an air of gracious elegance to an already magnificent castle. Craigston Castle is truly like stepping through a magic mirror to get a glimpse of a grander and more elegant time, with subtle reminders of the fiery Highland warrior spirit that embodied the Urquhart history as well. We fell in love with everything about Craigston Castle and dearly hope to be able to come to Scotland again to spend more time at this spectacular place.

Jacqueline Clark Booked through Celtic Castle Craigston Castle July 2018

August at Craigston Castle was amazing. We stayed for a week and soaked in the Scottish hospitality and warmth. The castle was well equipped for our large 12 person group, and we fitted in just perfectly. We had such a grand time playing games and singing around the piano at night and traveling the countryside during the day. The historic decor and feel of the place was like stepping into an episode of Outlander. Amazing art, carved doorways, stone windy stairs going up up up… my friends and I could not have asked for more. Great getaway from the burdens of life. Truly a magical place. Thank you so much for letting us stay. Ellen, Jay, Bill, Larry, Paul, Keith, Rob, John, Micheal, Scott and Ben, Julie and Jacqueline.

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Stephanie Booked direct Craigston Castle March 2018

We had an amazing stay at Craigston Castle! It’s exactly what you would expect from staying in a castle – beautiful, historical and spacious – without any sense of pretence or unease. Our host Betta was likewise, incredibly welcoming, leaving us to enjoy our autonomy but on hand to organise activities or answer any questions we had (both before and throughout our stay). Would highly recommend and can’t wait to return!

Giulia Evangelisti Booked direct Craigston Castle January 2018

Abbiamo scoperto le meraviglie di Craigston l’ultima settimana di novembre. Osservare il cielo stellato invernale dalla finestra della blue room, sorseggiare un whisky avvolti negli splendidi arredi della drawing room, salire l’antica stone spiral staircase per accedere alla propria stanza, sono esperienze uniche e irripetibili, una specie di vero viaggio nel tempo. L’accoglienza e il supporto durante la nostra permanenza sono stati eccellenti. Assolutamente meraviglioso!! Giulia, Italia.

Chiara Durio Booked direct Craigston Castle January 2018

I love Craigston Castle! A unique place, very fascinating and with a warm atmosphere. Beautiful furniture design, very gentle welcome, friendly family management that makes you feel at home. The castle is within a wonderful territory, wild and with a lot of nice animals: deer, sheep and cows. The surroundings are very nice, with many villages by the sea and other castles to visit. I suggest you make your next relaxing vacation there!

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Dale Windle Craigston Castle October 2017

We hosted our daughters wedding at Craigston and it was absolutely the most wonderful week! The castle was the most amazing place to be for a week leading up to the wedding, and we enjoyed outstanding accommodations, the beautiful property and the always gracious Barbara, to assist us. Stunning! And a privilege to be able to enjoy!

Jacob Wilson Craigston Castle August 2017

Thank you for allowing us to rent Craigston Castle! The castle experience really added to our trip and you made us feel so welcome. Everyone in the group really enjoyed meeting and spending time with you and your knowledge of the castle really made the experience more genuine.

María José Amson Craigston Castle August 2017

We had the true experience of living in a Castle with my whole family coming from Mexico, Argentina, Italy, Canada and Germany. We choose Craigston Castle for our family reunion and it was awesome. We had the experience of a lifetime and the time of our lives.”

Macee Hulm Wilber Craigston Castle August 2017

We just finished a 4 night stay at Craigston Castle near Turriff in Scotland and couldn’t have had a better time … Amazing estate, winding staircases, secret rooms, ghost stories, grand rooms, turrets, everything you could imagine when staying in a castle. Adding to the magic of the castle is the graciousness of the owner, host and Laird, William. He could not have been more welcoming, humble or informative. He showed us the secret passageways, secret library and wine cellar and told us all of the castle stories/secrets. Anyone who has ever thought “it would be cool to stay in a castle” should look no further than Craigston Castle. A magical time that we will hopefully be able to do again some day in the future.

David Craigston Castle August 2017

Our group had the most wonderful time at Craigston. The Castle is a treasure and even more spectacular than the photos. William and Barbara were incredible hosts, taking us around the Castle, showing us around and providing us with everything you could possibly want. I’m not accustomed to gushing in these reviews but you will not regret staying at Craigston, it is a truly special place.”

Frances Schnepfleitner Craigston Castle August 2017

In a time where international travel and foreign holidays have become commonplace, destinations, hotels and nice experiences can begin to blur into each other and become lost. Only the most unique or emotionally special stay clearly in mind and jump out when you are asked “What were your best holidays ever?” Craigston Castle will be one of those for me and my family, who came from all over the world to spend time together in this magical place. Other reviews have mentioned all the outstanding details and features, so I will just say that all expectations were exceeded and sincerely “Thank you” William and Barbara.

Victoria Sparkes Craigston Castle January 2017

We had an amazing New Year stay with our friends, (another family) for a week. Claus and Barbara are so welcoming and really went out of their way to accommodate our demanding agenda! Thank you so much – the castle and the experiences will stay in our hearts for a very long time.

Olivia Mifsud Craigston Castle January 2017

We spent a lovely week at the castle with another family.
We managed to fit in fishing, riding, shooting and a bonfire on NY eve.
Couldn’t have done it without the helpfulness and loveliness of Barbara and Claus. The castle is very beautiful and cozy. Truly recommend it!

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Simon Culley Craigston Castle January 2017

Wow what a weekend! Went for my brother-in-law’s 40th birthday and never wanted to leave. Craigstone Castle is an amazing place everything you could ever dream for a break in Scotland. A combination of the atmosphere of Outlander and Downton Abbey, Craigstone Castle surpasses all expectations.”

Nicole Lee Stachowiak Craigston Castle January 2017

One of the most lovely places I have had the pleasure of staying in. Steeped in history and with the most amazing hosts Claus and Barbara. It was like a very grand ‘home from home’. I would recommend this wonderful venue to anyone look for a very special stay.

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Scott Lipinski Craigston Castle September 2016

Thank you Craigston Castle!!! We had a great time on your estate. All 20 guests had a fantastic time. Especially I was in love. My 40th birthday could not have been better. Great place, great house, great support and all with the special “etwas” as we say in Germany. I will come back. Barbara and Claus: you are a special highlight!”

Kevin Knight Craigston Castle August 2016

From family games of hide and seek to long walks through the grounds to plastic sword fights on the sprawling lawn, Craigston helped us create magical memories for our family. We loved our time there and Claus and Barbara were such warm hosts that our entire stay felt a lot like a visit to Grandma and Grandpa…in a castle. We highly recommend Craigston and hope to visit again.

Irena og Mogens Craigston Castle July 2016

Mange mange tak for en pragtfuld uge på Craigston Castle. Her har vi hørt historiens vingesus blandet med en utrolig hjemlig hygge i det 400 år gamle slot. Selve slottet og området omkring det byder hele tiden på interessante og uventede oplevelser, selv for os der ikke går efter Skotlands hovedattraktioner golf, jagt og fiskeri.
I bilafstand har vi set den dramatiske og smukke kyst med fuglefjelde, hummerfiskere, små fremragende restauranter og mange kendte og mindre kendte whiskydestillerier.
Barbara og Claus er forbilledlige værter og utroligt vidende guider der forstærker oplevelserne, og oplevelser kommer der helt sikkert. Vi kan kun med stor glæde anbefale Craigston Carstle.

Elisabeth Flagtvedt Craigston Castle July 2016

Thank you for an amazing stay at your fairytale castle. We had an amazing 4 days and lived like royalties. The hosts Barbara and Claus made sure we had everything we needed, and were very helpful during the whole stay. A very warm and friendly enviroment. We hope to come back some day and highly recommend a stay here.

Lina Stahl Craigston Castle March 2016

Fantastic place to stay. Would highly recommend it. Such a special experience.

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Michelle Morrison Craigston Castle February 2016

Thank you so much again to William, Barbara & Claus for letting us have the Baby Shower at the castle. Everyone had an amazing time & they have all fallen in love with the castle. The mummy to be Georgenna had a lovely time.”

Ben Hayes Craigston Castle October 2015

The Castle is a unique and very interesting place to stay. The large historic building is authentic and unpolished and has a character and charm to it. Claus and Barbara are two of the nicest people I’ve met and looked after us so well. We really enjoyed our time there.

Ewa Sienicka from Warsaw Craigston Castle October 2015

Thank you so much for your hospitality at Castle Craigston … we spent a wonderful and memorable week. Memorable because this authentic Scottish castle which boasts lovely interiors becomes your home – if only for a week 🙂
We also managed to take in the neighbourhood, both by car and (courtesy of owner) bike. The nearby cliffs and beaches are very picturesque (even, perhaps especially, in fog).
Thank you so much for allowing us to stay at the castle craigston. Thanks to this our stay in Scotland was special.
Thanks for the warm welcome and an amazing dinner on arrival.

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Bruce Craigston Castle October 2015

Local dance group, NEYDC, used Craigston as the location for their video ‘Haunted’. For more and to see the finished video click here.

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Alessandra Baldeschi Craigston Castle October 2015

My family and I stayed this summer at Craigston castle and we absolutely loved it. Claus and Barbara were the perfect hosts and this is the best place to truly experience Scotland! Thank you again and we hope to come back soon.

Tamsin and Steve Carter Craigston Castle August 2015

Thank you for a wonderful stay. It was an amazing experience for us, especially our children, to stay in a real castle, in four poster beds with stone spiral staircases and beautiful grounds. For us it was a perfect combination of grand adventure and warm friendly atmosphere. A holiday we will all remember.”

Sai & Stephen Dove Craigston Castle August 2015

It was such a privilege to meet you both – you made us so welcome and your magic touch on the parts of the castle you have restored were apparent. Colour, light and warmth along with your personal furniture and treasures were inspiring.”…

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Tara Craigston Castle August 2015

We had a fantastic summer holiday at Craigston – three rough and tumble families playing together in this incredible home. Monster games of hide and seek in 17th century closet and passageways. Full contact soccer on the front lawn. A treasure hunt and morning jogs in the forests and trails of the grounds. Lively meals round the enormous tables. Coffee and port by the fire in the drawing room with the kids asleep in the towers upstairs. Claus and Barbara were terrific hosts, gracious and friendly, with tips spot on for beaches, wildlife, golfing, and distilleries. A uniquely wonderful place.

Carlo and Valeria, Italy Craigston Castle July 2015

We had the most amazing wedding day at Craigston and cannot recommend it highly enough.

Moira Adams Craigston Castle July 2015

I cannot begin to express the feelings of our family to have the privilege of spending 4 days at Craigston Castle starting with our Welcome party, the views, the Kitchen where we could cook freely, the bedrooms & bathrooms were delightful The drawing room with the beautiful fireplace everything was so relaxed. Each day was something new to see and do.

A wonderful place to spend a holiday even with small children.

I love Craigston Castle and the two special people we met Barbara & Clause … what a wonderful couple I miss you.

Craig and Kristen, USA Craigston Castle July 2015

We chose Craigston for our honeymoon and could not have had a better trip. We really enjoyed our stay there sampling the local food (including excellent whisky) and visiting the stunning countryside. We were made to feel at home by the family.

Ana Paula Lloyd Craigston Castle July 2015

What an amazing place! We spent a wonderful week here with friends and children and didn’t stop pinching ourselves to see if we were dreaming. Visiting Craigston is like stepping into the pages of a wonderful novel – the castle is beautiful yet homely and cosy, while every corner is crammed with extraordinary art, fabulous carvings and hundreds of years of history. Klaus and Barbara are sparkling hosts, they made us laugh and enthralled us with stories of their travels and the history of Craigston. We cannot recommend this highly enough as a great holiday for all of the family. Thank you everyone at Craigston for an unforgettable week.

North Lodge Reviews

Ian Booked through Travel Chapter The North Lodge April 2022

We arrived, with our dog, at 4:00 pm and our daughter and our grandchildren arrived at 9:00 pm. We were all happy and comfortable in North Lodge, which was clean, tidy and welcoming. We looked forward to enjoying our 3rd stay at the cottage and further exploring the surrounding area. Craigston Castle is very impressive and has a fascinating history. It is home to Elisabetta who was very kind and considerate to us and we greatly appreciated her friendliness.

Aileen Booked through Travel Chapter The North Lodge October 2021

Another delightful stay in North Lodge! We love the location with the wonderful walks in the castle grounds as well as easy access to the coast and other places of interest. The house itself is extremely comfortable and its a pleasure to spend time either there or in the very attractive garden. It was lovely to see Elisabetta again – she is always such a charming and helpful hostess

Lawrie party Booked through Travel Chapter The North Lodge September 2021

“Elisabetta provided excellent service before and during our stay, including a tour of Craigston Castle. North Lodge provided an ideal base for our coastal walks and the ambience in the Lodge was very good, particularly at the end of a long walk. We also appreciated the Lodge garden and the opportunity to walk around the Castle grounds.” 

Comfort: 5star
Cleanliness: 5star
Equipment: 5star
Location: 4star

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North Lodge – Explore the North East of Scotland

Sneddon party Booked direct The North Lodge July 2021

We had the most wonderful holiday in North Lodge – didn’t want to leave! The Lodge is so cosy and is spotlessly clean and very well equipped. The garden is beautiful and very secure for children or pets and the woodland walks on the doorstep were a huge bonus for walking our dogs. The Lodge is in an ideal location for exploring the North East of Scotland with its many stunning beaches and quaint villages. We can’t thank Elisabetta enough for all her care and assistance. She was so welcoming and we left feeling that we had made a new friend. We highly recommend North Lodge and will definitely be back.

North Lodge self catering cottage review

Kaja Kotnarowska Booked direct The North Lodge October 2020

We stayed in a cottage. We loved it from the time when we arrived 😍kids love the space we love the space. Cottage its perfect for family 😍would definitely recommend to people and with massive pleasure will back there any time!!!!! 100%!!!!! Perfect place perfect area 😊😊😊😊😊thank u very very much 😊

Gordon party Booked through Travel Chapter The North Lodge August 2020

Our week there was great. All Covid procedures were safely observed. We had great walks around the castle estate and drove up along the North shore. We will be back!

Hunter party Booked through Travel Chapter The North Lodge August 2020

This cottage is the ideal place for exploring the north east coast of Scotland. We had absolutely amazing weather which was a great starter for any holiday. The castle and estate are also fantastic for woodland walks and Elisabetta was so welcoming and gave us a tour of inside the castle. I would recommend this cottage very highly and cant wait to return again.

David Booked through Travel Chapter The North Lodge July 2020

A great house with a fully enclosed large sunny garden, with direct access to trails through the castle grounds. Ideal if you have dogs. Everything was spotlessly clean and the welcome pack was a nice touch. Good location for touring in the north east of Scotland. Elisabetta, as a host, was always available.

Ward party Booked through Travel Chapter The North Lodge July 2020

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in North Lodge and would definitely plan to return in the future. The house is spacious and comfortable, and the kitchen is well-equipped. It was also a pleasure to spend time relaxing in the delightful garden. We very much appreciated being able to go for walks in the extensive Craigston estate. Elisabetta was an excellent hostess. She gave us a very warm welcome and provided us with a lot of useful information and helpful suggestions.

Ian Booked through Travel Chapter The North Lodge March 2020

Warmly welcomed as guests, including our small dog and everything worked fine. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and explored a wide area by car, in spite of the several changes in weather.

Alison Booked through Travel Chapter North Lodge September 2019

Warm, comfortable & well equipped home set in a beautiful location, perfect for visiting and exploring nearby places. Elisabetta was a brilliant host, very friendly and on hand for anything we needed. Tour around Craigston Castle was excellent and highly recommended. We had a fantastic holiday at North Lodge, thank you.

Hesther Booked through Travel Chapter North Lodge July 2019

A beautiful cottage in a lovely location. Very well equipped. The host Elisabetta is extremely helpful & showed us around the castle.

Facebook reviews

  • positive review  Lovely furnishings, excellent location and the owners were wonderfully accommodating.

    thumb Ellen Flaherty
    August 31, 2019
  • positive review  We had a fantastic stay at the Craigston Castle in Scotland to celebrate my husbands 50th birthday. Elisabetta is a fantastic hostess and the sixteenth century castle is resplendent with art, history, gorgeous architecture and woods. The hostess also help organize an on site whiskey tasting which was fabulous. The kids and adults has a wonderful time exploring the castle and grounds and visiting the many historic and scenic parts of Scotland and culture! Highly highly recommend this!

    thumb Divyasmita Ghatak
    August 20, 2019
  • positive review  Warm-hearted hospitality in an authentic and idyllic location. From the moment you enter the Castle you are transported back in time and greated by the lovely Elisabetta who made us feel like castle owners for a weekend. We rented Cragiston Castle for a group of 10 friends that wanted to experience the Scottish atmosphere and traditional activities but got much more than we bargained for. The lovely surroundings of the castle are perfect for jogging and exploration and the local pub is full of stories. Here you will find something for everyone and it is the perfect getaway. We are truly indebted to William for opening up this house for others, Elisabettas hospitality and of course to the chef, Nelson, who made our stay most welcome and we certainly look forward to returning again in the not too distant future.

    thumb Nicklas Hellborg
    August 12, 2019
  • positive review  We had the most fabulous tour around the castle. The history of the place, told to us by Elisabetta, is just so interesting. Amazing day there and would do it all again!

    thumb Carole Catto
    June 11, 2019
  • positive review  I couldn't recommend Craigston Castle enough this amazing place with amazing staff, Betta is one of the nicest people you will ever meet, so helpful, always smiling I feel like I've known her forever, our wedding on the 18th May was amazing like a true fairytale means a lot to us to get married in such a beautiful local place. Thank you again.

    thumb Sarah Mathers
    May 20, 2019
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Google reviews

  • Marvelous Castle with kind and welcoming hosts. We're able to visit that spectacular place and get to know more about history of the place. Definitely worth visiting by every traveller.

    thumb ziqex
    June 29, 2019
  • Craigston is a old Castle/Home in Scotland. Visitor numbers seem quite low which makes the tour a lot more interesting as you have more time to visit and ask questions. The host is very knowledgeable. The Castle is mostly fully open with some parts not safe to enter. You can rent the Castle to spend a week in it if you like. The history is quite interesting and the quite charming. The surrounding grounds are worth a walk. The site can be a bit difficult to find but you need to follow the signs. Well worth going out of your way.

    thumb Brian U
    June 3, 2019
  • This beautiful 1604 castle has so much to see. Well worth the visit

    thumb peter gibbon
    May 7, 2019
  • Brilliant grounds for Rodney the dog...very relaxing

    thumb jane forshaw
    April 20, 2019
  • Fantastic place for a getaway in Aberdeenshire. Stunning location.

    thumb Jim Ball
    December 10, 2018
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