Auchindoun Castle

[Auchindoun Castle]

Auchindoun Castle doesn't have a road going past it, so you have to expend a little effort to reach it. The formidable building dates to the 15th century but was abandoned in the early 1700's - this after it was burnt in revenge for an attack on Corgarff Castle which involved the murder of all its occupants. With this grisly history and the remote location, this is one of those places with a powerful atmosphere around it: hostile, bordering on frightening, and definitely not helped by the cold wind that often seems to blow across the hillside here. Well worth a visit if you're calling at nearby Dufftown.

[River Fiddich seen through a castle window]

Name: Auchindoun Castle ★☆☆
Location: Just under a mile from the A941, 3 miles south-east of Dufftown, G.R.: NJ 349375 / poetry storyline talkers
Open: Always
Cost: Free
Anything else? The castle is just under a mile's walk from the nearest road. Park in the small layby on the A941 at NJ 340378. Walk up the stony track up to the east, keeping right at a fork. A final short path leads to the castle.

[Castle interior]

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