Corgarff Castle, Strathdon

Corgarff Castle is located at Corgarff, in Aberdeenshire, north-east Scotland. It stands by the Lecht road, which crosses the pass between Strathdon and Tomintoul.
The castle was built in the mid 16th century by the Forbes of Towie. In 1571 it was burned by their enemy, Adam Gordon of Auchindoun, resulting in the deaths of Lady Forbes, her children, and numerous others, and giving rise to the ballad Edom o Gordon. After the Jacobite risings of the 18th century, it was rebuilt as a barracks and a detachment of government troops were stationed there, on the military road from Braemar Castle to Fort George, Inverness. Military use continued as late as 1831, after which the tower served as a distillery and housed local workers. It remained part of the Delnadamph estate belonging to the Stockdale family until they passed the castle into state care in 1961 and gave the ownership of the castle to the Lonach Highland and Friendly Society.
It is now in the care of Historic Scotland and is open to the public. It has been designated a scheduled ancient monument.
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  • It is not a real castle, but in ancient times a house with tower shapes. At the centre of various events, it has long been used by the British army for the control of the territory and therefore, for the repression of clandestine distillers. Corgarff is well-explained, clean and stands in an interesting area, but does not stand up to comparison with other castles nearby.
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  • We are both disabled. Could not walk down the long driveway to the castle. No instructions about access for disabled. We had a 20 mile drive just to have a picnic on the car park. It was a waste of a ...  more »
  • Not worth it. 6 pound for looking at a few almost empty rooms. But the landscape is beautiful. Just go there and take a look from the meadow
  • The Castle stops selling Tickets at 17:00 and closes at 17:30, which is not an issue. The issue is that we were at the castle door, in the pouring rain today 5 minutes before 17:00 and everything was locked up. There were still people working at the castle I think, since there were cars parked next to it, they apparently don't care. I was and am furious, if you close early, put it at the gate of the parking place. WOULD NOT RECOMMEND
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