Often referred to as Castle Country, the historic Aberdeenshire is home to around a thousand castles or castle ruins, providing a wealth of history to explore. Some of the closest castles to Aden are listed below, each holding a different story to tell.
Delgatie Castle is a 4 star visitor attraction open to the public all year round (10am to 5pm) serving wonderful home baking and lunches in the Laird's Kitchen. Dating from 1030 the Castle is steeped in Scottish history yet still gives the atmosphere of a lived in home. It has some of the finest painted ceilings in Scotland dating from 1592 and 1597.
The charm of Fyvie ranges from its 13th-century origins to its stunning Edwardian interiors. The castle is home to a superb collection of arms, armour and paintings, including works by Raeburn and Gainsborough. Stroll around the picturesque lake, or visit the restored 1903 racquet court and bowling alley.
Set on the dramatic cliff tops about 1 mile from Cruden Bay, Slains Castle is one of the most famous castles in Scotland. Brahm Stoker in 1895 started work on what was to become his most famous book, 'Dracula', and it is said that the inspiration for this most famous vampire's home in Transylvania was Slains Castle.
Noted for its highly ornamented gatehouse, Tolquhon is one of the most picturesque of the castles in the Aberdeenshire countryside. The castle was built by William Forbes, 7th Laird of Tolquhon, between 1584 and 1589 as an extension to the earlier tower house known as Preston's Tower. Although ruined, the castle has been described as "the most characteristic châteaux of the Scots Renaissance". It is in the care of Historic Scotland and is open to the public.