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Corgarff Castle

Corgarff Castle Review

Eighteenth-century soldiers paved a military highway north from Ballater to Corgarff Castle, an isolated tower house on the moorland with a star-shape defensive wall that's a curious replica of Braemar Castle. Corgarff was built as a hunting lodge for the earls of Mar in the 16th century. After an eventful history that included the wife of a later laird being burned alive in a family dispute, the castle ended its career as a garrison for Hanoverian troops. The troops were responsible for preventing illegal whisky distilling. Reconstructed barracks show what the castle must have been like when the redcoats arrived in 1746.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Off A939, Corgarff, AB36 8YP | Map It
  • Phone: 01975/651460
  • Cost: £5.50
  • Hours: Apr.–Sept., daily 9:30–6:30; Oct., daily 9:30-4:30; Nov.–Mar., weekends 9:30–4:30; last admission 30 mins before closing
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  • Location: Corgarff Castle
Updated: 10-08-2013

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