Historic Scotland
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Opening times

1 April to 30 September:
Monday to Sunday, 9.30am to 5.30pm

1 to 31 October:
Monday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm

1 November to 31 March:

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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
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