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“This and the church combine for a great experience”
Review of Aberdour Castle

Aberdour Castle
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Private Outlander Location Day Tour from Edinburgh
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Aberdour
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Owner description: See the large and imposing suite of buildings from the 12th to the 17th century with the grand hall-house, thought to be the oldest standing stone castle in Scotland. There is also a delightful walled garden, with scented flowers and a beehive-shaped doocot, which overlooks the Forth. Take a guided tour in summer to see all around the castle including the painted ceiling in the east range, which is a precious survival from the early 17th century. Open all year. Winter Closed Thus and Fri.
Reviewed 28 June 2018

One of the castles under the care of Historic Scotland. It was on our to do list before we hopped a plane from Mexico. This is a great castle to see. Rich with history but, not as touristy as the big ones of Stirling or Edinburgh. We quite enjoy the relaxed pace of the smaller less known castles. This one did not disappoint. We were almost the only people at the site. Having the place just about to ourselves meant we had the time to stroll the grounds, take in the various points of interest and get really great pictures not full of hoards of strangers.

If you want to relax and take your time touring some of the great castles rich in Scottish history this and others like it are wonderful choices. As a bonus we also toured St. Fillan’s Church, which is next door and is a not to missed experience. We have separately reviewed the church.

It took about 2 hours to see both places and really enjoy the history of the castle and church. Highly recommend these two locations.

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"walled garden"
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"painted ceiling"
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"worth a visit"
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"tea room"
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"historic scotland"
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"ticket office"
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"lovely grounds"
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"small tearoom"
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"historical artifacts"
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"outlander fans"
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"adjacent church"
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"sunny day"
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Reviewed 17 June 2018 via mobile

Very interesting place with old walled garden and apple orchard. Great to see this place live again. Dundee cake very tasty and coffee carefully made. Good excuse to return.

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Reviewed 12 June 2018

Pro-tip: the adjacent church and the gardens are part of the town of Aberdour, and you can get in from the city-side. Locals use this for their daily walks. The paid part (we're HES members) is for the castle, which is neat but not might be worth the admission fee. You see the original ruined castle, and instead of rebuilding they just kept adding on the the side, so it's cool to see the different add-ons through time. There's a cool doocot as well.

1  Thank DaytonJG
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Reviewed 9 June 2018

Aberdour castle is known for its gardens and it is not hard to tell why. Even though the ruins are impressive as well and nice to walk through, it is the garden that impressed me most. The beehive-shaped dovecot is the cherry on top. When you are visiting the castle and have some time on your hands, I would advise to go for a walk along the coastline from Silver sands beach to Black sands beach or v.v.

1  Thank SashaaZ
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Reviewed 31 May 2018

I did this on a dank and misty morning, and really enjoyed it, so what it must be like when the sun is out and the birds are singing I can only imagine. Aberdour Castle has a great history waiting to be discovered and is well worth visiting to discover.

1  Thank KevinSadler2364
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