Find Scotland Tours that feature Kildrummy Castle.
|Address:||Kildrummy, Alford, Aberdeen-shire AB33 8RA|
|Operated by:||Historic Scotland (Castle only, Gardens are private)|
|Opening Hours:||Castle: April to September, Mon - Sun, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
Gardens: April to October, 10 am to 4.30 pm
|Admission:||Castle: Adult £ 4.50, Child £ 2.70, Senior £ 3.60
|Accessibility:||Uneven grounds at both the castle and the gardens|
|Toilets:||Yes, also disabled toilets|
|Cafe/Restaurant:||No, but there is the Kildrummy Castle Hotel and Kildrummy Inn nearby.|
Kildrummy Castle was built in the 13th century and was home to the Earls of Mar for about 2 centuries. It was then inhabited by the Stewarts, Elphinstones and Erskines before being abandoned in 1715 during the first Jacobite uprising. It had a curtain wall, six towers and a gate, and the Snow Tower had 7 storeys and was probably where the Lord and his family lived.
The remains of Kildrummy Castle are in ruins and you need to use your imagination. We wouldn’t suggest that you make much of a detour to visit this castle when the much better Craigievar Castle is nearby.
The nearby Gardens of Kildrummy Castle Hotel were created in the ancient quarry below the castle. The bridge spanning the garden is a copy of the Brig o' Balgownie, which is a 13th century bridge in Aberdeen that crosses the River Don. If you are a photographer, you’ll find scenes that will make for good photo opportunities. The gardens also offer one of the best views of Kildrummy Castle as they are opposite the most complete section of wall.
Save money on visiting this attraction by buying an Explorer Pass