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Corgarff Castle

Overview

Corgarff Castle is a 16th century, four-storey tower house that was heavily modified in 1748 when it was converted into a fort with the addition of two single-storey pavilions and the outer star shaped wall. The star shape design ensures that all parts of the wall are covered by 2 angles of fire.

The castle guarded the Cock Bridge to Tomintoul pass and its strategic importance made it a frequent target during the Jacobite rebellions. The castle has been burnt on 3 occassions.

The castle has been restored to appear as it would have done between 1748 and 1831, when it was bought by the Government and used as a military garrison. It now contains an exhibition and reconstruction of an 18th century barrack room. There is also a display showing an old whisky still, because the castle was used as a base for hunting out illicit distillers.

The castle is just a short distance from the A939, at Cock Bridge, so worth a visit if you have got a Historic Scotland Explorer Pass.

It should be noted that there is a bit of a walk from the car park to the castle and the castle is closed for ~1 hour from 12:30 to 13:30, while the curator has a lunch break. Remember to check lunch break hours on the notice board in the car park, otherwise you might have a wasted walk.

Save money on visiting this attraction by buying an Explorer Pass

Address:

Corgarff, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, AB36 8YP

Operated by:

Historic Environment Scotland

Opening Hours:

1 April to 30 September, Daily 9.30am to 5.30pm Closes for lunch between 12:30 - 13:30 Last tickets sold 30 mins before closing

Admission:

£ 6.00 adult, £ 3.60 child, £ 4.80 senior

Parking:

Yes

Languages:

English

Accessibility:

To the west pavilion only, no access to the tower.

Toilets:

Yes

Shop:

Yes

Cafe/Restaurant:

No

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