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Auchindoun Castle, Dufftown (Aberdeenshire)

Auchindoun Castle is a 15th century L-Plan tower castle located near Dufftown in the Moray region of Scotland.

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Summary

  • Free admission
  • Historic Property

Introduction

Auchindoun Castle is a 15th century L-Plan tower castle located in Auchindoun near Dufftown in the Moray region of Scotland. While there is evidence of prehistoric, probably Pictish earthworks in the grounds of the castle, the remains most visible today are of the castle constructed in the mid 15th century by Thomas Cochran (later to become an Earl of Mar (1458-79). The castle was derelict by 1725. Stones taken from the castle have been used in local farm buildings and nearby Balvenie Castle.

Access on foot only, route is steep and can be wet at times. View exterior only.

History to the present day

While standing, the castle had a large central tower and high curtain wall. Supporting buildings including a stable, brewery and bakery stood inside the wall. A second round tower guarded the northwest corner of the compound. Cellars and possibly dungeons were dug directly into the bedrock beneath the tower. Today much of the curtain wall and some of the outbuildings remain, but the central tower itself is very dilapidated.

Arrival information and how to find us

Address: Auchindoun Castle, Aberdeenshire, , United Kingdom

The ruins of the castle are in the care of Historic Scotland, but were for many years in too dangerous a condition to be open to the public. On the completion of consolidation works, Auchindoun was re-opened for public viewing in November 2007.

The castle can be found 2m South of Dufftown on the A941.