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Huntly Castle

Overview

Huntly Castle was the main baronial residence for the Gordons. It is now an empty ruin, but it is worth a visit as the Castle has had a very interesting history and was once a base for Robert the Bruce during his campaign for Scottish Independence.

Huntly Castle was originally called Strathbogie, but it gained the much more attractive name of Huntly in 1506, when it became property of the Earl of Huntly.

Huntly Castle, although a ruin, has many complete rooms and enough remains to give a good idea of its original splendour. The basement with its high vaulted ceilings and large dungeon are very intact. The dungeon contains two inmates and it is an atmospheric place accessed via a cramped corridor.

Above the main entrance of Huntly Castle you can see some fine stone carvings. On the upper floors there are skillfully sculpted stone fireplaces protected by modern glass awnings. The castle has had some floors and one spiral staircase partially rebuilt and this improves the visitors ability to access and appreciate the building.

Climb all the way to the highest point of Huntly Castle and you can step out onto a small metal platform that provides good views of the castle from above. The platform feels quite exposed so vertigo sufferers be warned!

Huntly Castle is not as clearly signposted from the A96 as it could be. From the Huntly roundabout on the A96 you should just keep driving towards and then straight  through the square in the town centre. The road to Huntly Castle passes through a narrow arch and then goes through a park before arriving at the castle.

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Address:

Huntly AB54 4SH

Operated by:

Historic Environment Scotland

Opening Hours:

1 April to 30 September: Daily: 9.30am to 5.30pm / 1 October to 31 March: Sat - Wed: 10am to 4pm / Last tickets sold 30 mins before closing time / Closed 25th, 26th December and 1st, 2nd January

Admission:

£ 6.00 Adult, £ 4.80 Senior, £ 3.60 Child

Parking:

Yes

Languages:

English

Accessibility:

Many steps around the castle, but good views can be had from the grounds.

Toilets:

Yes

Shop:

Yes

Cafe/Restaurant:

No

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