Date: July, 2014
Location: Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Craigievar Castle (aka the Pink Castle), despite it’s name, is not actually a castle but an iconic tower house, one of the best preserved and the most loved in Scotland. Tower houses began to appear in the Middle Ages, especially in mountainous or limited access areas, in order to command and defend strategic points with reduced forces while also serving as an aristocrat’s residence.
The Forbes family lived in Craigievar for 350 years until it was presented to the National Trust for Scotland in 1963. It came complete with the vast majority of the contents, collected and lovingly preserved over the centuries by the family. The fine collection of family portraits, original plaster ceilings, original Jacobean woodwork, and some beautiful furniture, including the ‘Craigievar table’ can be viewed inside the castle.
The estate also features woodland, parkland with magnificent specimen trees, and farmland with extensive views over the surrounding countryside to Bennachie.
To learn more about the castle, click here.