North Mains Cottage
Care has been taken to furnish this semi-detatched house in antique country style, as it would have stood when it accommodated the workers who kept the castle looking splendid.
North Mains is a 2 storey cottage for 4 guests, with accommodation comprising:
2 twin bedrooms;
L-shaped sitting room with dining area and wood-burning stove;
Compact bathroom with shower over bath;
Parking is available beside the cottage.
For larger groups, nearby Steading Cottage also sleeps 4.
This fairytale castle, a fine example of Scottish Baronial architecture, has stood for almost four centuries against a backdrop of rolling hills. The great tower still looks just as it did when completed in 1626. Inside is a fine collection of family portraits and original furniture.
Waymarked walks lead through the surrounding 90 acres of parkland. Look out for swallows, fieldfares and redwings.
Craigievar Castle lies between the rivers Dee and Don, a 40-minute drive from the city of Aberdeen. Alford is the nearest town with a butchers, a bakers, pubs and restaurants. Most of the area is agricultural, and wildlife is abundant. Red squirrels and roe deer are a common sight in the woods, the elusive wildcat is present but rarely seen, and ospreys can even sometimes be seen fishing in the nearby rivers.
This holiday accommodation is available for winter and festive breaks. However, the access road to the castle may become impassable in heavy snow. Although this happens infrequently, in the event of this curtailing your holiday we will refund any days of the holiday that were not used.
Craigievar Castle is 6 miles S of Alford, 15 miles N of Banchory and 26 miles W of Aberdeen.