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Here are some of the things our visitors have to say about their experience of Craigston:

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!!

Alessandra & family from Milan, Summer 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.

Nicklas Hellborg, Olso, Summer 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!

Divya Gathak, California, Summer 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.

George Merson, Deal, Kent, Summer 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.

Julie and Scott, California, Summer 2019

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!

Stephanie, Winter 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!

Matilde, Winter 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!

Chiara Durio, Winter 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.

Giulia Evangelisti, Winter 2018

If you want to stay away from the caos 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 athmosphere that will make you feel at home.not to miss at all!!!

Annamaria, Fabrizio ,Alessia da Roma, Winter 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.”

Lee McCown, Autumn 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.”

Claudio Pittelli, Autumn 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.”

Antonella Gala, Autumn 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.”

Jacqueline Clark, Summer 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.”

Colleen Urquhart-Fillner, Summer 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!”

Katariina, Summer 2018

“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!”

Dale Windle, Autumn 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.”

Frances Schnepfleitner, Summer 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.”

David, Summer 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.”

Macee Hulm Wilber, Summer 2017, Summer 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.”

María José Amson, Summer 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.”

Nicole Lee Stachowiak, 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.”

Simon Culley, 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!

Olivia Mifsud, 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.

Victoria Sparkes, January 2017

Review of Craigston Castle self catering accommodation

“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!”

Scott Lipinski, September 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.”

Kevin Knight, August 2016

“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.”

Jacob Wilson, August 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.”

Elisabeth Flagtvedt, 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.”

Irena og Mogens, July 2016

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

Lina Stahl, March 2016

Baby shower lunch at Craigston

“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.”

Michelle Morrison, February 2016

“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.”

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Tara, Summer 2015

Holiday at Craigston Castle

“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.”

Alessandra Baldeschi, 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.

Craigston - setting for dance video

“This film would not have been the same without your kindness. Beyond grateful!”


“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.”

Ewa Sienicka from Warsaw,  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.”

Ben Hayes, September 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.”…

Sai & Stephen Dove, 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.”

Tamsin & Steve Carter, August 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.”

Ana Paula Lloyd, 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.”

Craig and Kristen, USA

“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.”

Moira Adams, July 2015

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

Moira Adams, July 2015

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

Carlo and Valeria, Italy

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

Moira Adams, July 2015

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