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Top 5 Castles in Aberdeenshire

Aberdeen is perfectly located in the heart of Aberdeenshire, and the local castles, fortresses and ruins are all easily accessed from the city centre. Pick up your Easirent hire car from our Aberdeen city depot and head out to the beautiful rolling countryside to visit some of our favourite spots.

1. Crathes Castle and Garden

Surrounded by stunning woodland, and situated just to the east of Banchory, Crathes Castle and Garden is located 16 miles away from our Easirent pick up point in Aberdeen. The beautiful late 16th century castle has historic connections with King Robert the Bruce and is a fine example of a tower house from the period. The castle retains a lot of its original painted ceilings and many of the family portraits, so it is easy to find yourself losing track of the time exploring the different nooks and crannies. Step outside into the castle’s 1.5 hectares of walled gardens, which include herbaceous borders, unusual plants and creative topiary.

2. Dunnottar Castle

Hop in your Easirent hire car and head to Dunnottar Castle, which is located 19 miles away from our Easirent branch in Aberdeen city centre. Perched atop a giant conglomerate overlooking the North Sea, the romantic and brooding Dunnottar Castle wouldn’t look out of place in a Gothic fiction novel. The walls of this ruined cliff top fortress hold many secrets and have played host to William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots and King Charles II.

3. Delgatie Castle Estate Trust

Delgatie Castle is uniquely Scottish and dates as far back as 1050. Nestled within an extensive estate, it will take you just over an hour to travel from our Aberdeen Easirent branch. The perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, Delgatie Castle is located just a stone’s throw from Turriff which was the site of the beginnings of the civil war between the Royalists and the Covenanters.

4. Slains Castle

Slains Castle is located 24 miles away from our Easirent branch in Aberdeen and is an atmospheric day trip out for anyone wanting to experience the rugged Scottish wilderness. Thought to be the influence for Bram Storker’s Dracula, Slains Castle is a ruin, which was originally built to replace the Old Slains Castle after it was destroyed in 1594. The castle is open all year round and is the perfect place for the whole family to explore and enjoy.

5. Kildrummy Castle

Located an hour away from Aberdeen in your Easirent hire car, Kildrummy Castle is a 13th century stronghold with a twin towered gatehouse, probably commissioned by King Edward I of England. Playing both a prominent role in the 14th century Wars of Independence and the 1715 Jacobite Rising, Kildrummy Castle is open between 1 April and 30 September each year.

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