Craigston Castle

Type:Historic House / Palace

Turriff, Aberdeenshire, AB53 5PX

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Built in 1604-1607 by John Urquhart Tutor of Cromarty. A sculpted balcony unique in Scottish architecture depicts a piper, two grinning knights and David and Goliath. Remarkable carved oak panels of Scottish kings' biblical heroes, mounted in doors and shutters of the early 17th century.

Guided Tours: Obligatory.

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

COVID-19 Response

  • Advance booking essential
  • Capacity limit - Due to Covid, we can offer tour only for one household per time and max 4 to 5 people
  • COVID-19 refund and cancellation policy in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • COVID-19 staff training completed
  • Currently closed - Please visit our website for updates
  • Face mask essential (not provided)
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Facilities must be booked
  • Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
  • Online booking only
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for visitors
  • Time limited visits - We usually welcome visitors in May and September, check our website for more info

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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