Balvenie Castle



A wide ditch encircles this striking, curtain-walled castle. Built in the 1200s as the seat of the powerful earls of Buchan, the heavily fortified stronghold became an elegant lodging in the 1500s.

What to see and do

  • Marvel at the daunting curtain wall, a rare example of 13th-century military architecture in Scotland
  • Step inside Atholl Lodging to see the layout and fine Renaissance details of this noble residence
  • Admire the iron yett, a two-part gate at the main entrance
  • Complete our quiz while you explore the castle.

Opening times

29 Mar to 30 Sept:
Wed to Sun, 10am to 4.30pm 
Last entry 4pm

Closed for lunch 12 noon to 1pm.

1 Oct to 28 Mar:

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