NJ 567-095 Aberdeenshire Scotland
Craigievar Castle is an early 17th century stone tower house, founded by the Mortimer family. In the 1620s William Forbes a timber merchant, purchased the incomplete building and by 1626 he had completed the stepped L-plan tower house. Of seven harled storeys, the lower storeys are plain, while the elaborate upper storeys have a continuous band of corbelling and two storey angle turrets. The west wall of the barmkin remains and excavations have revealed the eastern and southern foundations of a 16th century barmkin wall. The re-roofing and repairing of the castle by John Smith of Aberdeen in 1826, included a new entrance door and the altering and raising towers. 16 miles east is Castle Fraser.
Craigievar Castle is located south of Alford, off the A980. 27 miles west of Aberdeen, on the A944-B9119-A980.
The site is owned by The National Trust for Scotland and also provides holiday accommodation. The castle is open daily July and August, Friday to Tuesday May, June and September, Easter Friday to Monday, 11:00-5:00pm, by a guided tour only. Grounds open daily, all year.
There is a car park.