In the latest in our series of holiday guides, we shine a light on the many castles in Moray, in particular those that are only a short distance from our holiday park in Scotland)
Whether you have a keen interest in Scottish history or are simply looking for a great family day out, you can’t go wrong with visiting some of the castles in Moray during your stay with us. The region is home to no fewer than 45 castles, many of which date back hundreds of years.
Many of these castles are open to the public and are in great condition, given their age, their history and their location.
There are few better ways to learn more about the region’s history than by visiting these living, breathing structures that are dotted around our landscape. But which ones should you choose? After all, with so many castles in Moray, you could spend your entire caravan holiday with us just visiting these magnificent structures. To help inspire you, we’ve put together a guide to just 5 of our favourites castles in the Moraryshire region.
We start with one of the closest to our holiday park, located just 3.5 miles away. Duffus Castle was once the Medieval stronghold of the Moray family and was once of Scotland’s finest motte and bailey castles (a wooden keep on top of an artificial mound of earth)
This impressive structure was a fortress for more than 500 years (from 1100s to 1700s), with stone castle added some 200 years after it was first built.
Unfortunately, it was left to decay and ruin by the time it was abandoned in 1705, but still stands as impressive sight.
In stark contrast to Duffus Castle, Ballindalloch Castle stands almost pristine and is one of the finest surviving examples of a class Scottish baronial castle.
Known as the ‘Pearl Of The North’, it has been the home of the Macpherson-Grants since the Sixteenth Century. It is regarded as one of the most romantic and renowned castles in Moray and Scotland as a whole.
Located only 30 miles from our park and known as ‘The Pearl of the North’, Ballindalloch Castle is one of the most romantic and renowned castles in Scotland. Originally a fortified tower house, Ballindalloch underwent a significant period of renovation and extension during the Victorian era which transformed it into the sumptuous country retreat that stands today.
Located just 30 minutes away, Brodie Castle is a grand 16th Century castle that was the ancestral home of the Brodie clan for over 400 years. Here you’ll discover impressive art collection and impressive fixtures and fittings.
Cared for by the National Trust, Brodie Castle is also a great place to take the kids with a landscaped garden, nature trail and playful garden for them to enjoy.
Standing alone against a landscape devoid of settlements, Auchindoun Castle has a colourful history. It was a stronghold in the 1400s and was sold to Sir Adam Gordon in 1567. Gordon was famed with the murder of the occupants of Corgarff Castle during in 1571 and Auchindoun was burned by William Mackintosh in revenge.
However, by 1725 the castle lay derelict. It’s spectacular setting and romantic location make it well worth the walk.
Located near Dufftown, Balvenie Castle is a rare example of 13th-century military architecture in Scotland.
The Atholl Lodging within the castle is another fine example of Renaissance architecture, showing the layout of a noble residence and containing some fine details.
Balvenie was added to in the 15th and 16th centuries. The castle hosted Mary Queen of Scots in 1562.