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Craigievar Castle, Aberdeenshire
Location: Alford, Aberdeenshire, AB33 8JF (map and directions)
Craigievar Castle © Ikiwaner
History of Craigievar CastleWilliam Forbes, a successful merchant from Aberdeen and ancestor of the Forbes- Sempill family, completed the castle in 1626 after purchasing the structure from the impoverished Mortimer family in 1610. Clan Forbes continued to live at Craigievar for 350 years until gifting the property to the National Trust for Scotland in 1963.
Craigievar Castle is one of three Scottish castles (the other two are Muchalls Castle and Glamis Castle) with exceptionally crafted ceilings. Also of particular interest inside the castle is the Great Hall with the Stuart Arms over the fireplaces, a secret staircase which connects to the high tower, the Queen’s Bedroom, and a collection of Forbes family portraits and furnishings from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Craigievar Castle © Richard Slessor
Craigievar Castle was used during World War I as a hospital for wounded Belgian soldiers, but remained otherwise free from participation in conflict. The castle served more as a stately home than a defensive structure, as evidenced by the intricate designs and beautifully coloured façade. Defensive structures were built onto the castle, and a walled courtyard with a tower at each corner was constructed around the outside of Craigievar.
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