Tolquhon Castle is only half an hour's drive from Aberdeen, but often gets neglected in favour of the better-known castles to the west of the city. But this is still a substantial ruin with plenty of character, enhanced by the fact that you're likely to get it all to yourself. The castle was initially built as a tower house in the early 1400s, probably by the Preston family. But Tolquhon is really a story of the Forbes family: the tower soon passed into the family through marriage and William Forbes, 7th Lord of Tolquhon, carried out major extensions to transform tower house into luxurious residence. Look out for his plaque above the gatehouse.
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📌 Tolquhon Castle ★★★☆☆
Location: Off B999 2 miles north of Pitmedden, G.R.: NJ 873286 ///equipment.castle.paddocks
Open (2019): Daily, April to September
Cost (2019): £5 (adults), £3 (children), free for Historic Environment Scotland members