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 Castles of Scotland - Drum Castle






Location
near to Hardgate, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Description
Drum Castle is situated near Drumoak in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The castle is on a ridge overlooking the River Dee, about ten miles from Aberdeen. It was the seat of the chief of Clan Irvine from 1323 to 1975. The castle is surrounded by late 18th century gardens, including a rose garden and arboretum containing trees from all regions of the British Empire. The castle is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland and is open to the public during the summer. The chapel and dining hall are available for hire for weddings and corporate functions. The castle hosts a number of local events such as classic car rallies and musical fetes.

History
Drum Castle was built as a tower house in the 13th century. It is believed to be one of the three oldest tower houses in Scotland. It was extended in 1619 when a large wing was added. Further renovations and alterations were made in Victorian times. The castle and its grounds were granted to William de Irwyn in 1325 by Robert the Bruce, and remained in the possession of Clan Irvine until 1975.


Other Castles in the Area
  Balfluig Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Castle Fraser, Aberdeenshire
  Cluny Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Craigievar Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Crathes Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Drumtochty Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Dunnideer Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Dunnottar Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Fasque House, Aberdeenshire
  Forbes Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Harthill Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Knockhall Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Leslie Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Licklyhead Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Midmar Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Muchalls Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Udny Castle, Aberdeenshire







Udny Castle
Drum Castle Tower. The tower is the earliest part of Drum Castle and dates from around 1280.

Photograph by Richard Slessor. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)


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