The NTS Castle Trail

Craigievar CastleThe National Trust for Scotland Castle Trail

Welcome to National Trust for Scotland’s Castle Trail  in Aberdeenshire- the ONLY castle trail in Scotland!  The trail consists of 14 of the world’s most unique castles,from the rugged splendour of Kildrummy Castle and the romantic ruins of Huntly Castle to restored family castles such as Crathes and Fyvie.

The region shows distinctive brown styles with the recognisable blue castle logo which will lead you around the castles throughout Aberdeenshire, however, if you are pre-planning your trip then this website helps you find out more abut the individual astles on the trail, with directions, details about facilities and photographs. You can of course also find out more at

Take yourself on a journey of secret passages, haunted rooms and dungeons and discover the stuff of ghost stories! There is much to learn and discover.

The Castles on the trail working in an almost circular route from the North West of Aberdeenshire (with nearest town in brackets) are:

Spynie Palace (Elgin)
Huntly Castle (Huntly)
Duff House (Banff)
Delgatie Castle (Turiff)
Fyvie Castle (Fyvie)
Haddo House (north of Aberdeen)
Tolquhon Castle (North of Aberdeen)
Castle Fraser (Inverurie)
Drum Castle (West of Aberdeen)
Crathes Castle (Banchory)
Craigievar Castle (Alford)
Kildrummy Castle (Alford)
Corgarff Castle (Strathdon)
Balvenie Castle (Dufftown)

Click onto each of the links to view each Castle or Estate’s page on this website


Leith Hall

Leith Hall A typical Scottish laird's abode brimming with all sorts of family treasures, built over three centuries, starting in 1650.  LeithRead more » READ MORE

Address:Huntly Aberdeen & Grampian AB54 4NQ
Tel:0844 439 2164

Haddo House

Haddo House Beneath a crisp Georgian exterior is an elegant mansion house noted for its fine furniture and paintings and extravagantRead more » READ MORE

Address:Methlick Ellon Aberdeen & Grampian AB41 7EQ
Tel:0844 493 2179

Craigievar Castle

Craigievar Castle This picturesque castle with its iconic tower is an amazing example of Scottish Baronial architecture, seems to have grownRead more » READ MORE

Address:Alford Aberdeen & Grampian AB33 8JF
Tel:0844 493 2174

Pitmedden Garden

Pitmedden Garden The heart of the property is the formal walled garden originally laid out in 1675 by Sir AlexanderRead more » READ MORE

Address:Ellon Aberdeen & Grampian AB41 7PD
Tel:0844 493 2177

Castle Fraser

Castle Fraser Is a beautiful baronial castle dating back to the 15th century and was home to the Fraser family.  The mainRead more » READ MORE

Address:Inverurie Aberdeen & Grampian AB51 7LD
Tel:0844 493 2164

Drum Castle

Drum Castle A unique Scottish castle combines a 13-century square medieval tower with a Jacobean mansion house and has aRead more » READ MORE

Address:Drumoak By Banchory Aberdeen & Grampian AB31 5EY
Tel:0844 493 2161

Fyvie Castle

Fyvie Castle The castle is proud to house one of the largest private collections of Raeburns in the world.  Any artRead more » READ MORE

Address:Fyvie Castle, Turriff, Ellon AB53 8JS
Tel:0844 493 2166

Mar Lodge Estate

Mar Lodge Estate Mar Lodge Estate is a traditional Highland estate and is also recognised as one of the mostRead more » READ MORE

Address:Mar Lodge Braemar Aberdeen & Grampian AB35 5YJ
Tel:0844 493 2172

Crathes Castle

Crathes Castle, Garden and Estate The Castle The castle is open all year round. In summer months, the sun shines throughRead more » READ MORE

Address:Banchory Aberdeen & Grampian AB31 5QJ
Tel:0844 493 2166