Craigston Castle

Type:Historic House / Palace

Turriff, Aberdeenshire, AB53 5PX

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Built in 1604-1607 by John Urquhart Tutor of Cromarty.

The exposed Turriff sandstone emphasizes squareness and strength.  Two main wings flanking the entrance and connected by an elevated arch, are surmounted by a richly Gothic inspired corbelled parapet, regarded by many as one of the finest examples in Scotland.

As you enter the front door, you come face to face with a splendid woodcarving of the family crest. This shows  many of the different elements of the family Coat of Arms: wild boars, hunting dogs, mermaids, a naked lady, and knights in armour.

Furnishings in the main rooms date back to the mid-18th and 19th centuries. The drawing room on the first floor contains unique 17th century wood carvings which depict biblical themes, Scottish kings and great heroes. This room also boasts gilted mirrors originally from the Palais de Versailles in France. 

Two stone spiral staircases take you from the drawing room to the different bedrooms; the gallery (with portraits of ancestors and others related to the family history); as well as two libraries one with volumes from the 17th and 19th centuries.

Guide Prices

Adult £6.00, Child £2.00, Conc. £4.00, Groups: Adult £5.00, Child/School £1.00.



  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users - As a very old building we have many stairs, but the ground floor is accessible with wheelchair. At the ground floor you can see the sculped family crest in the hall, the cloakroom, visit the old kitchen with the dumb waiter, the corridor with the traditional old bells, a nice bedroom, that was a children playroom and the view on the charming and grand colonial room.
  • Autism Friendly

Children & Infants

  • Accept children all ages

Establishment Features

  • Accommodation on site - Craigston Castle is still the Urquhart family home, but we open our door to guests, only 12 to 13 weeks usually from May to October, on a self catering basis and max 10 people. Check our website for more info.
  • Booking essential
  • Dogs Accepted
  • Event venue - We are happy to host small wedding for the ceremony and photo shooting. We are ideal for Team building activities, small business meeting and fun activities like: archery, clay pigeon shooting .. We can support you in organizing these activities, please visit our website for more info
  • Garden/patio for guests use
  • Meeting rooms
  • Wedding Venue
  • Wireless internet (WiFi) connection available

Key Features

  • Film or TV location
  • In countryside
  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Outdoor Attraction

Languages spoken

  • Italian spoken
  • Spanish spoken

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking
  • Coach Drop Off / Pick Up Point
  • Coach Parking

Payment Methods

  • Cash Accepted - Unfortunately, at the moment we accept only cash
  • Concessionary Admission Charges
  • Groups: Booking Essential
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times
  • Prior Booking Recommended

Room / Unit Features

  • Barbecue
  • Satellite TV
  • Television available

Target Markets

  • Cyclists Welcome
  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Families

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided tours


Opening Times

* Opening dates see website ( Guided house tours: 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.) Groups by appointment throughout the year.

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