Drum Castle Gardens & Estate
14th Century castle of the Irvine family and now National Trust. Wonderful gardens and you can visit inside the castle as well. One of Scotland's oldest tower house castles.
The original castle dates back to the 13th century and is one of the oldest tower houses in all Scotland. The castle has been renovated and the gardens extended, but it remains an absolutely classic instance of the ancient Scottish castle and a must visit for visitors.
Take in an enormous sweep of Scottish history as experienced by the Irvine family who lived in Drum Castle for over 650 years, from the 14th century onwards.
Drum is one of Royal Deeside’s most popular castle attractions, only 10 miles from the city of Aberdeen. It is one of Scotland’s oldest tower houses and is located next to an ancient oak woodland and a walled garden that holds a great collection of old roses which make the air really smelly (in a nice way).
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William de Irwyn was gifted the Royal Forest of Drum and the Tower of Drum by King Robert the Bruce in 1323. The tower has benefitted from various improvements over the centuries, including a Jacobean mansion house extension in 1619 and Victorian adaptations, such as the impressive library converted from the lower hall.
Family friendly introduction to Aberdeen's Maritime past. Aberdeen Maritime Museum tells the epic story of Aberdeen's long relationship with the Ocean.
See Banchory Museum - the main town on the way to Royal Deeside from Aberdeen - and discover the history of Banchory and its most famous son, musician and composer, J. Scott Skinner, the "Strathspey King".
Outdoor and indoor Amusement park for the whole family just off the beach Esplanade in central Aberdeen.
Museum that explores the story of Roman Catholicism in Scotland: not for everyone, but fascinating if you are interested in religious history.
An interactive science museum located in Aberdeen, lots of things to learn.
Aberdeenshire Farming Museum, located in the Aden Country Park is well known for top quality of its Aberdeen Angus coos (Cattle).
See how sea played a major role in the history, wealth and development of Peterhead. Find out how people lived at sea, detailed models in one of Aberdeenshire's oldest museums.
This Five Star Museum is well worth a visit with the family any time of the year.
Drum Castle Gardens & Estate Cottages and Holiday SelfCatering
Dalbrack is an attractive, traditional Edwardian house built in 1905, located within the small conservation area of Ballater.
- Sleeps: 8
Home cooked Scottish Food, Cosy individual rooms, small traditional hotel with fantastic hill views, luxury lodges with private hot tubs, Luxury Lodges with beautiful hill views, plus a walkers bunkhouse.
- Sleeps: 2+