A more fairytale castle you never did see... unless you've been to Disneyland. This eye-catchingly pink property dates to the 17th century and was home to the Forbes family for 350 years before being handed to the National Trust for Scotland in the 1960's. Admission inside is by guided tour only (apparently this can get busy, so avoid weekends or visit at opening time to avoid a potential wait), but you're rewarded with an interior managing to be both grand and rustic simultaneously, and surprisingly spacious for the castle's seemingly small size. Smaller gardens and more extensive grounds complete the package, but the tower house is undoubtedly the main event.
Name: Craigievar Castle ★★★★☆
Location: A980 a mile north of the B9119 junction, G.R.: NJ 567095 ///unpainted.downhill.clutches
Open (2018): Castle (by guided tour only): daily, July to September; Friday to Tuesday, late March to June. Grounds: daily
Cost (2018): £12.50 (adults), £9 (children), free for National Trust for Scotland members