Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

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The sweep of 700 years of history is stamped into Drum’s stalwart battlements, medieval square tower and sprawling extensions. The Royal Forest and Tower of Drum were given to the Irvine family by Robert the Bruce in 1323. Later a Jacobean mansion house was added, and in the Victorian era the lower hall was converted to a library. The beautiful Garden of Historic Roses is divided into quadrants that show how roses have been cultivated from the 17th to the 20th century. The ancient oak forest adjoins the castle, providing a sense of continuity through the centuries and a home for red kites, roe deer, red squirrels and badgers.

Visitors to Drum Castle can enjoy a selection of homemade cakes and bakes, locally sourced ice cream, and a range of specialty teas and coffee.

Only 10 miles from the heart of Aberdeen, this charming 16th century apartment at Drum Castle is an intimate one bedroom apartment that is surprisingly spacious. With log burning stove and central heating throughout, the historic residence is warm and cosy. Located in the ancient courtyard of the NTS's oldest 14th Century castle, which was given by Robert the Bruce, this little gem makes an idea starting point for a visit to Royal Deeside. The exquisitely beautiful Estate of Drum, with its 16th century Chapel, Garden of Historic Roses and Scene of Special Scientific Interest Woodland, makes a perfect romantic getaway for 2.

  • Official Star Rating
  • Opening Times
    1 Apr - 30 Jun, Thu-Mon, 11.00-16.00 (last entry)

    1 July - 31 Aug, daily, 11.00-16.00 (last entry)

    1 Sep - 1 Oct, Thu-Mon, 11.00-16.00 (last entry)

    2 Oct - 31 Mar, Sat & Sun, 11.00-16.00 (last entry)

    Garden of Historic Roses
    29 Mar - 31 Oct, daily, 11.00-16.00 (last entry)
  • Facilities
    • Toilets
    • Gift Shop
    • Child Friendly
    • Parking
    • Coach parking
    • Tours
  • Accessibility
    • Blue Badge Parking
  • Official Star Rating
  • Opening Times
    1 Apr - 30 Jun, Thu-Mon, 11.00-16.00 (last entry)

    1 July - 31 Aug, daily, 11.00-16.00 (last entry)

    1 Sep - 1 Oct, Thu-Mon, 11.00-16.00 (last entry)

    2 Oct - 31 Mar, Sat & Sun, 11.00-16.00 (last entry)
  • Facilities
    • Child Friendly
    • Parking
    • Coach Parking
  • Accessibility
    • Blue Badge Parking
  • Official Star Rating
  • Facilities
    • Refrigerator
    • Tea/Coffee Facilities
    • Kitchen Utensils
    • Cooking Equipment
    • Private Bathroom

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