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Overview

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. Also available on site
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This site is closed until Spring 2021. We’re working hard to gradually reopen the places you love while making sure the experience is safe for everyone.

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