Photo: Eigenes Bild

In the village of Fyvie, in Aberdeenshire, Fyvie Castle stands tall and proud, overlooking the rest of the town. Its’ 13th century origins speak to its beginnings as a royal court. Like many ancient castles, parts have been added, destroyed, and renovated at every stage of its life, manifesting a visual timeline with every alteration. The interior of the castle is mostly Edwardian and is open to visitors between March and October; the grounds are open all year long.

Following the Battle of Otterburn in 1390, Fyvie Castle no longer remained a royal stronghold. It was instead passed through a succession of five families, who, as legend has it, each built one of the five towers that can be seen at Fyvie today.

Within the oldest part of the castle lies a great wheel-stair, one of the finest in Scotland. The 17th century walls of the Morning Room have been lavishly adorned with works of art by Batonim Raeburn, Gainsborough and Hoppner, in addition to the fine collections of armoury and tapestries.

The Castle is set in expansive grounds, where encroaching woods recede briefly to give space to Scotland’s most historically interesting castle. Shrouded in tales of ghosts, mysterious blood stains and curses, the castle exudes an air of mystery and romance.

 

Fyvie, Aberdeen & Grampian, AB53 8JS
Tel: 0844 493 2182
Times: Garden, daily, 9am-sunset
Castle, Shop, & Tearoom: April – June, Saturday-Wednesday 12pm-5pm
July & August, daily, 11am-5pm
September & OCtober, Saturday-Wednesday 12pm-5pm