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Slains Castle

Striking ruined castle in atmospheric locaion beside the North Sea near Cruden Bay. Brilliant for family picnic and hide and seek


Built around 1600 by the Earl of Errol with various additions over the centuries including a major rebuild in 1820. It was visited by Bram Stoker and is credited as the inspiration for Dracula. The family finally sold the castle in 1913 and the new owner removed the roof in 1925 to avoid taxes and the building then deteriorated over a period of time.

There have been plans for restoration of the castle into 35 holiday apartments. Planning permission was granted in 2007 but no work has proceeded.

Opening Times

Walk Up after parking on road or walk from Cruden Bay

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