Fyvie Castle in Aberdeen
Five families have played a part in the history of Fyvie Castle, and its five towers bear their names: the Preston Tower, Meldrum Tower, Seton Tower, Gordon Tower and Leith Tower. Scottish monarchs stayed here at the beginning of the 12th century when it was only a wooden fort.
It was reinforced in the 14th century by stonewalls and corner towers. Now in the hands of the National Trust for Scotland, the castle contains many valuable paintings, including 13 works by Raeburn, as well as Brussels tapestries and a collection of weapons. The superb gallery on the second floor of Leith Tower is the castle's showpiece.
This magnificent fortress in the heart of Aberdeenshire is a sterling example of Scottish Baronial architecture. Inside, the rooms are filled with antiquities, armour and lavish oil paintings. Out in the grounds the grandeur continues, with a picturesque lake and an unusual glass-roofed racquets court.
Ghosts, legends and folklore are all woven into the tapestry of Fyvie’s 800-year-old history. But stories aside, we do know William the Lion was at Fyvie around 1214 and later Robert the Bruce and Charles I were among its royal guests.
Visit, and lose yourself in the glory of Fyvie’s landscape and the richness of its past.