Face a mighty, curtain-walled fortress, built in the 1200s as the seat of the powerful earls of Buchan.
Contrast the peacefulness of the abbey with the conflict that the monks’ loyalty to Robert the Bruce attracted.
Cross Scotland’s only lake to reach the peaceful, wooded island chosen as a monastic sanctuary.
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.
Explore a fine castle altered in 1787 to contain the first lighthouse built by the Northern Lighthouse Board.
See in the remains of Sir Thomas MacLellan’s tower house how castle building had evolved by the late 1500s to favour comfort over cannons.
Enter one of Scotland’s finest medieval collegiate churches – landowner Lord Seton brought the priests together to pray for his family’s salvation.
Enter Scotland’s largest surviving medieval bishop’s house – residence of the bishops of Moray for 500 years.
Watch Archibald the Grim’s forbidding island fortress come into view as you cross the River Dee by boat.
Judge for yourself why this noble residence is said to be one of Grampian’s most picturesque castles.