Historic Scotland

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Auchindoun Castle can be viewed year-round.



Trek up to the lonely ruin and surrounding earthworks of a 1400s stronghold. Auchindoun Castle may have been built by Thomas Cochrane, a favourite of King James III. 

Auchindoun was sold to Sir Adam Gordon in 1567. Gordon’s claim to fame was the murder of all the occupants of Corgarff Castle during a feud in 1571. Auchindoun Castle was burned by William Mackintosh in revenge. By 1725 the castle lay derelict. 

The ruined castle stands alone in a spectacular setting amid a landscape mostly devoid of settlements. Its lonely, romantic location make it more than worth the walk.