Tolquhon Castle

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Tolquhon Castle, Tarves, Tarves, AB41 7LP

Noted for its highly ornamented gatehouse, Tolquhon is one of the most picturesque of the castles in the Grampian countryside.


  • The gatehouse – a real gem, built not to deter, but to impress – which it still contrives to do.
  • The main house – a charming composition at the far end of the courtyard, with a good ‘below stairs’ and family rooms above to explore. Spot the initials T.L. high up on the outside of the main house – a rare instance of a medieval architect signing his work.
  • The secret hiding-place – in the laird’s bedchamber on the second floor, a hidden compartment below the floor where Sir William hid his valuables.
  • Opening Times

    1 April - 30 September
    Mon-Sun, 9.30am-5.30pm

    1 October - 31 March
    Weekends Only, 9.30am-4.30pm


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