Auchindoun Castle

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Auchindoun Castle
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whisky g
Elgin, UK147 contributions
Fine walk with stunning views!
May 2021 • Family
Had a thoroughly enjoyable visit to Auchindoun with our kids. The ruins are great for them to run around in and the views around about are a sight to behold themselves. Wee walk up from the car park and you’re there in no time.
Written May 7, 2021
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Dave A
80 contributions
Great quiet castle
Aug. 2020 • Family
Great castle perched on a mound, ruined but in a cool way with fantastic views as you walk up to it. Can park quite close in a small car park after driving up a very stony road. Well worth a visit!
Written August 26, 2020
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Rambling_Scot
Lossiemouth, UK385 contributions
Beautiful Scenery Around This Imposing Castle .....
Aug. 2020 • Family
This 1470 (circa) castle overlooks the surrounding landscapes of Dufftown and Craigellachie.

A bit of history found from the two information boards / plaques - it was possibly built by master mason Thomas Cochrane and then granted to Alexander Ogilvy in 1509. Sold to Sir Adam Gordon in 1567, the castle is later sold back to the Ogilvy family in 1594. Charles II granted the castle to the Marquis of Huntly in 1660 before it lay derelict in 1724. It is said that Gordon was responsible for burning 24 people to death in the attack of another castle, claiming his name as 'Herod of the North'.

There was a short walk from the car park (at the top of the 'rubbled' road - we accidentally parked at the bottom of the hill). It was a nice day so we weren't too fussed. The path was steady but not pram friendly. There were also a couple of small climbs but nothing strenuous.

The castle was beautiful - I think the photographs will go a small way in showing this. No cost for entry and definitely something to keep the whole family entertained, especially on a warm Summer's day.
Written August 15, 2020
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Emma A
Worthing, UK48 contributions
A lovely castle with a short walk
Jul. 2020 • Friends
There is a small car park at the bottom of the walk and 1/4 mile walk to the castle. Manged to get a buggy down there with no problems except the last style but still got through. Castle is lovely set on top of the hill with some amazing views. Well worth the quick stop off
Written July 20, 2020
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Julie B
Inverness, UK305 contributions
Excellent
Jul. 2019 • Couples
This castle is about 2 to 3 miles south on the A941 out of Dufftown, if you keep on the A941 the you will come across the sign for it, when you turn off the road at the sign the road up is a stone track but just take it slow and the car will go up no problem, the parking for the castle is at the bottom of the hill, it is a small car park maybe 10 cars or a little more, we were there early so it was not busy, you then walk up the track and when you are about half way up you will see the castle on the left hand side on top of a hill, the walk up to the castle is all up hill and takes about 10 minutes from the car park, it is a wee bit steep but nothing major and most people should not have an issue. The castle is free of charge and it is good to see and wander round, the views from the top of the hill are very nice, if you are in the region go and have a look you will not be disappointed
Written July 15, 2019
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Claire B
15 contributions
Family adventure
Jul. 2019 • Family
Found this castle by accident whilst out for a drive to dufftown. Not very well sign posted.road to car park not tarred and very uneven. Car park small but castle and views were excellent. Would of liked more information boards as we could only see 2.its good that its free as it is a ruin but has been maintained well as the grass had been cut .. would visit again.not accessible for wheelchair users in my opinion.
Written July 4, 2019
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bydandstu
Peterhead, Scotland, United Kingdom50 contributions
Bit of history
May 2019 • Couples
I'm sure I've driven past this castle quite a few times and never really noticed it. However, we were out for a meandering drive, it caught our eye and we just turned up the little track to a small car park. A short walk, less than 5mins, and we were jumping back in time. You can get inside the outer perimeter wall and there is a story board giving a glimpse of the castles history. Interesting, and worth a look. Probably less than an hour visit, but those walls would have a good few tales to tell !
Written May 9, 2019
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KimScott_11
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK132 contributions
Not easy to find
Apr. 2019 • Couples
Not an easy castle to find or walk to, parking very limited and about 300 yards down the road, then a long walk across the field to the castle itself.
Written April 15, 2019
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Jim M
Stainburn, UK54 contributions
Up in the Clouds, Nearly !
Apr. 2018 • Solo
I was driving from the south in a winding valley, the river below, on my right hand side. In the distance I could see a ruin on the hillside with a most commanding view. As I got nearer, it became bigger and demanded my respect and almost insisted that I took a detour to view. Which I did even though the access was on the rugged side. You can park a distance away and walk to within a quarter of a mile, being older, I drove the track and parked on the hard shoulder near a farmstead which is undergoing renovation. Taking care not to cause any obstruction. 10 minutes walk along a grassy path and you “ have arrived”. The ruins are all walkable and the site is superb. Also it is free anytime access. Whoopeee. May difficult for disabled but great for kids. Your imagination can run riot. I really enjoyed my visit. A good dry site and no wet or muddy feet unless it is raining. Enjoy 😊.
Written January 18, 2019
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Jboy242
Thorpe le Soken, UK35 contributions
Off the beaten track
Oct. 2018 • Family
Well worth the walk to view this castle.
Very well kept area, free parking and entry.
Not one of the ‘well know’ castle ruins but worth hunting out
Written October 26, 2018
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