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Overview

Get up close to what is possibly Scotland’s oldest standing castle. Aberdour Castle was built in the 1100s and went on to serve generations of three noble families – including a Regent of Scotland.

The Douglas family left their mark, raising the height of the hall-house to make Aberdour into a more typical tower house castle and adding further ranges of buildings. Explore the impressive complex and its delightful walled garden and terraces.

What to see and do

  • Enter part of the hall-house built in the 1100s – perhaps one of the oldest standing stone castles in Scotland, though later extensively adapted
  • Play hide and seek among the large and imposing complex of buildings dating from the 1100s to the 1600s
  • Gaze up at the painted ceiling in the east range – a precious remnant from the early 1600s
  • Imagine life as a medieval noble as you roam around the fragrant walled garden and along the terraces above the Forth
  • Stop by St Fillan’s Church (next to Aberdour Castle), a fine example of a Norman church of the 1100s
  • Download a map of the castle to discover the highlights
  • Complete our quiz while you explore the castle. The quiz is also available on site
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