Lickleyhead Castle

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Lickleyhead Castle is a 16th century grade A listed building in the heart of Aberdeenshire. We provide accommodation to large groups and also host weddings or other events. The entirety of the building is exclusively available to paying guests. We have 8 bedrooms and can sleep 16 (plus 2 young kids). If your party isn't large enough for the whole building, you could take a single wing. The West Wing has 6 bedrooms, the East Wing has 2 bedrooms. In addition to bedrooms, the property features nine bathrooms/washrooms, a dining room, a large kitchen, a music room, a games' room, a living room and the cavernous great hall amongst others. There are two usable fireplaces, a grand piano, a pool table, a library and a complementary few drams of whisky for those staying in the laird's room.

For couples looking to the tie the knot, we are best set up to deliver micro-weddings of up to 30 people. We specialise in destination weddings, renewing vows and elopements but we will do our best to assist with your needs. Of course, you would have the option of staying at the castle for a night or two either side of the big day.


The exterior of Lickleyhead is breath-taking: the castle is surrounded on three sides by flowing water from the fore and back burns and a woodland that has been allowed to grow for at least a couple of centuries. Wildlife can frequently be viewed from the windows, be it red squirrels or eagles, which this writer has personally seen landing on a trampoline for children. There is ample parking on the wide driveway.


Forbes Room

This room is named for the castle's 16th century laird, John Forbes. It features a traditional Scottish box bed (modern mattress!)and has been decorated to match the period.

  • Type Superior Double

Lumsden Nursery

This room is named for the Lumsden family who owned the property in the Victorian era. It is the top most room in the castle with fantastic views across the surrounding woods and fields.

  • Type Double/Twin

Laird's Room

The laird's room is the master bedroom at Lickleyhead Castle. This is the room the laird (lord) of the castle would have slept in down the centuries. It has access to 2 en suite bathrooms.

  • Type Superior King

Maitland Room

The Maitland Room is named for Rear Admiral John Maitland who owned the castle during the Napoleonic Wars. It has an en suite bathroom and is decorated in a Georgian style with Age of Sail motifs.

  • Type Superior King

Bartholf Room

The Bartholf Room is a medieval styled bedroom with an en suite bathroom.

  • Type Deluxe King

Duff Room

The Duff Room is a Victorian Scottish styled bedroom with a Balmoral feel. This room is named for the castle's 18th century owners, the Duffs.

  • Type Deluxe King

Grande Luz Room

The Grande Luz Room is named for Maria Luz de Landa, who owned the castle in the 1920's. It is styled as an interwar manner

  • Type Superior Double

Leith Gallery

The Leith Gallery is our family suite. It is styled as an 18th century lady's chamber. In addition to the King sized bed it has two singles and an en suite bathroom.

  • Type Family
  • Facilities
    • Refrigerator
    • Hairdryer
    • Free WiFi
    • Mini bar
    • Freeview TV
    • Child Friendly
    • Tea/Coffee Facilities
    • Radio
    • Residents Lounge
    • Parking
    • Kitchen Utensils
    • Cooking Equipment
    • Private Bathroom
    • Laundry Facilities
  • Visit Scotland Welcome Scheme