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Delgatie Castle - Daytrip, Aberdeen: 7 reviews and 19 photos
Another cracking old castle this one, set in the very heart of the Aberdeenshire countryside. Only feel sad that it took me so longer to discover its charms. It was a brillian t suuny day when we were there too.
t recently the home of the late Capt. Hay of Delgatie, Feudal Baron, and is the Clan Hay Centre, this uniquely Scottish Castle has largely been in the Hay family for the last 650 years. It was taken from the Earl of Buchan after the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, when Robert the Bruce routed the invading English army. Mary Queen of Scots stayed at Delgatie for three days after the Battle of Cirrichie in 1562. Her bedchamber is on view to the visitor.
Like many Scottish castles, Delgatie was rebuilt in the 16th century. The invention of the siege gun necessitated greater fortifications, and the 1570 rebuilding provided 8-14 feet thick walls. The main tower dates from about 1100, while its final extension with the battlement walk above the string course was completed in 1579. Both wings were added in 1743 with the chapel and dovecote on the west and the kitchen and servants' quarters on the east.
Delgatie Castle won the Aberdeen & Grampian Tourist Board Visitor Experience Award for 2003 and we can vouch for the hospitality received. there is also a smal shop and you can also stay in the accomodation here.
Privately owned -
Admission Charge- Adults £5.00
Address: Delgaty, Turriff AB53 5TD
Directions: About 5 kms east of Turriff on minor road. Well signed off A947 Turriff - Banff road.
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