Historic Scotland
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Opening times

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

1 October to 31 March:
Closed

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Overview

Visit ‘the noblest of northern castles’. Even ruined, the stronghold of the mighty earls of Mar is a fine example of a 13th-century castle, with its curtain wall, four round towers, hall and chapel.

What to see and do

  • Marvel at the castle’s location – at the crest of a steep scarp and defended to the north by the Black Den, a deep ravine
  • Find out the story behind the twin-towered gatehouse, possibly a legacy of Edward I and his favourite builder
  • See daylight shine onto the high altar through the chapel’s three elegant lancet windows dating from the mid-1200s
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