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Castles and Historic Sites in the Cairngorms National Park

The Cairngorms has had an important role to play in much of Scotland's history - from Royal fueds and bloody battles to industrial revolution.  There are many sites which tell these stories dotted all around the Cairngorms National Park - at some you may have to use your imagination a little more than at others, but they all delve deep into the history of the area.

Braemar Castle

1. Braemar Castle

17th Century Castle with an exciting story. Built in 1628 by the Earl of Mar as his Highland hunting lodge, burned in the first Ja...

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Braemar Castle


Drumin Castle

2. Drumin Castle

Only two walls remain of this former stronghold of Alexander Stewart, better known as the 'Wolf of Badenoch' (1342-1406). The rui...

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Loch an Eilein at Rothiemurchus

3. Loch an Eilein at Rothiemurchus

Loch an Eilein (loch of the island) with it's 13th century island castle was voted 'UK's best picnic spot', easy walks through anc...

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Loch an Eilein


Balmoral Castle

4. Balmoral Castle

In 2018 the grounds, gardens, exhibitions, gift shop and coffee shop will be open to the Public on a daily basis from Friday 30th ...

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Balmoral Estates


Corgarff Castle

5. Corgarff Castle

An isolated tower house in the Cairgorms that was a residence of the high-status Forbes family. After Culloden in 1746, it was con...

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8 Miles W of Strathdon on A939


Ballindalloch Castle

6. Ballindalloch Castle

Castle and Gardens - Now Open...

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Ruthven Barracks

7. Ruthven Barracks

Spot the bulwark against the Jacobites on a prominent mound visible for miles around. Ruthven Barracks were built by George II's g...

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    Blair Castle and Gardens

    8. Blair Castle and Gardens

    Blair Castle is nestled in the dramatic landscape of Highland Perthshire and has been home to 19 generations of Stewarts and Murra...

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    Atholl Estates

    Blair Atholl

    9. Ruthven Barracks


    10. Braemar Castle

    Braemar Castle,BraemarT. 013397 41219

    11. Glenbuchat Castle

    Glenbuchat,StrathdonT. 01667 460 232