While there is evidence of prehistoric or Pictish earthworks in the grounds of the Auchindoun Castle, the remains most visible today are of the castle constructed in the mid-15th century. This building is sometimes said to be the work of Robert Cochrane, a favourite of James III. It passed to the Clan Ogilvy in 1489 and from them to the Clan Gordon in 1535.

The castle was damaged by the Clan MacKintosh in 1592 in retaliation for the Earl of Huntly's killing of the Bonny Earl O'Moray, their ally. In March 1593 Patrick Gordon of Auchindoun was forfeited as a rebel, and Auchindoun Castle was given to Sir George Home, whose wife Elizabeth Gordon was Patrick Gordon's stepdaughter.

After the battle of Glenlivet in October 1594 the wounded followers of the Earl of Huntly came to Auchindoun for safety. James VI ordered that Auchindoun, Slains Castle, Huntly Castle, and the Gordon castles of Abergeldy and Newton should be slighted or demolished.

In 1689, during the first Jacobite rising, the castle was used as a temporary headquarters (on 6–7 June 1689) by John Graham, 1st Viscount Dundee and his Jacobite army. However, the castle was derelict by 1725. Stones taken from the castle were used in local farm buildings and nearby Balvenie Castle.

While standing, the castle had a large central tower and high curtain wall. Supporting buildings including a stable, brewery and bakery stood inside the wall. A second round tower guarded the northwest corner of the compound. Cellars and possibly dungeons were dug directly into the bedrock beneath the tower. Today much of the curtain wall and some of the outbuildings remain, but the central tower itself is very dilapidated.

An extension is known to have been added in the 16th century by the Gordons before the Ogilvys reclaimed it in 1594. Stones taken from the castle have been used in local farm buildings and nearby Balvenie Castle.

On the completion of consolidation works, Auchindoun was re-opened for public viewing in November 2007.



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Tom Mackenzie (13 months ago)
Stunning castle ruins located perfectly on top of a hill for some amazing views and atmosphere
Antony Miller (14 months ago)
To get to the car park was a farm track then a 300 yard walk to the castle. The castle was excellent, great to see and there are information points. The last part of the path though was very wet and muddy. Not a place for disabled unfortunately, this is a shame as disabled people love history as much as everybody else. Sort the path and make it accessible and it will be a top attraction
C D (15 months ago)
Auchindoun Castle is a 15 century Castle located in Auchindoun near Dufftown Banffshire. Now only ruins. It is easy to find the place, to get there you have to drive through a very narrow country track and park at a very small car park maximum 4 cars/4x4. From the car park it takes roughly 30 minutes slow pace walk towards the ruins. Keep left and you'll see the gates. On the right side there are two private properties. I would say a very windy place in bad weather conditions, therefore consideration should be taken when visiting the place. An absolutely 360 degrees breath-taking scenery. Tranquil place, birds and sheep and a stream ... blue sky and soft grass... As A cam in by Fiddichside, on a May mornin A spied Willie MacIntosh an oor before the dawnin Tarn again, tarn again, tarn again, A'se bid ye If ye barn Auchindoun, Huntly he will heid ye Heid me or hang me, that shall never fear me A'll burn Auchindoun tho' the life leave me As A cam in bi Fiddichside on a May mornin Auchindoun was in a bleeze, an hour before the dawning Crawing, crawing, for a' your crouse crawin' Ye burnt yer crop an tint your wings an oor before the dawnin
Shannon Houston (15 months ago)
Was a great Castle to visit, and is well maintained. A little off the track, with a dirt road to get there and a small car park. Then have another 15-20 walk to the Castle. Would recommend visiting!
Chris Fowler (15 months ago)
Nice ruin
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