Fifty shades of pink in Scotland

Fifty shades of pink in Scotland

A short drive from Alford, right off a small path in the middle of Scottish woodland sits a fairytale castle some say inspired Walt Disney’s castle motif. Welcome to Craigievar Castle.

With its medieval touches and surprising light pink shade, this seven-story tower house might seem like it’s going through an identity crisis, but this is part of the original Scottish Baronial architecture style and type of ochre used to start constructing the castle back in the 16th Century.

Craigievar Castle was completed in c1626 by William Forbes and was a family home for 350 years before being given to the Scottish National Trust. But there was one caveat when it was handed over: no artificial light was to be installed in the castle’s upper floors. So enjoy all that lighting before climbing those stairs because this place has remained as authentic as it was when built, enabling visitors to view artefacts and art in natural light (just as they were first seen).

Be careful in the dark. Some say Craigievar is haunted by two ghosts: a man who was pushed out of a window to his death, and a fiddler who drowned in a kitchen well. The fiddler, though, is said to only appear to members of the Forbes family, so… check your family ancestry before visiting?

The castle is open to the public from April until the end of October, with guided-tours running every 30 or so minutes. Access is only by guided tour so it’s also on a first come, first served basis. If you can’t get to this part of Scotland before winter sets in, the grounds are open year round from dawn til dusk, and Craigievar Castle makes for phenomenal photography when covered in snow.

Written by Nazir Dabiri; All Photos from Facebook and ©National Trust for Scotland.