Exploring Scotland's Castles: Drum Castle

Drumoak, Banchory AB31 5EY, UK

Exploring Scotland's Castles: Drum Castle

I've caught the castle exploring bug. I think I've always had it but after a recent press trip to Aberdeenshire it's ignited a fascination with these wonderful old buildings which have so many tales to tell and secrets to share. On the way home from the press trip, I jotted down the Scottish castles I'd visited and realised it might make a fun blog series, and here we are. For no particular reason, I've decided to start with Drum Castle. 

How to Get There

Drum Castle is near Drumoak in Aberdeenshire, roughly a 20 minute drive from Aberdeen's train station and high street (according to good old Google Maps). If you're depending on public transport, it's also possible to visit by bus from Aberdeen Union Square bus station which takes around an hour.

A few fun facts

  • Drum Castle is one of Scotland's oldest tower houses
  • Part of the castle is home to a contemporary art gallery, current exhibition "A Considered Place"
  • Their Garden of Historic Roses has over 200 varieties of roses


A little history 

If you're wondering where the castle gets its name from, it's due to the fact that the castle sits on a ridge known as a 'druim' in Gaelic.  Drum Castle and Estate was the family home for 24 generations of Irvines of Drum, totalling over 650 years. If that wasn't impressive enough, the estate lands were gifted by, none other than, King Robert Bruce in 1323, after William de Irwin had provided his services to the king.


  • Are there tours of the castle? Yes, and having been on one I can highly recommend it.
  • Is it dog-friendly? Yes and no, the extensive woodland near the car park is dog-friendly!
  • Does it have a cafe? Yes, it has a tearoom and shop.

A few photos to give you a feel for the place


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