Gordon Castle is located near Fochabers in Moray. Historically known as the Bog-of-Gight or Bog o'Gight, it was the principal seat of the Dukes of Gordon. Following 18th-century redevelopment, it became one of the largest country houses ever built in Scotland, although much has since been demolished.

The original castle was built by George Gordon, 2nd Earl of Huntly in the 1470s and enlarged by his grandson and George Gordon, 1st Marquess of Huntly. An inventory of the contents from November 1648 mentions lavish beds and a 'hen house', a parrot cage in the long gallery.

Architect John Adam was commissioned, alongside the French architect Abraham Roumieu, to redesign the castle in 1764 but this did not come to fruition. Eventually the commission fell to the lesser-known Edinburgh architect, John Baxter, who rebuilt it in 1769 for Alexander Gordon, 4th Duke of Gordon. The central four storey block incorporated a six-storey medieval tower called the Bog-of-Gight, and was flanked by a pair of two-storey wings. The main facade was 173 metres long. Following the deaths of the 7th and 8th Dukes within a decade of one another the Gordon Estates 73,000 hectares were put up for sale by the 9th Duke to pay the enormous death duties. The majority of the contents of the castle were sold and most of the castle was demolished, but the 16th-century tower of Bog-of-Gight and one of the wings, now a detached medium sized country house in its own right, survive.



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David Cameron (19 days ago)
Beautiful walled gardens with lovely plants. Best visited in July and august for full impact of the quality of work that they’re put into it over the past few years. Cafe is also good quality with friendly staff. Just check the opening times before you go as they are limited at present.
Martin Low (2 months ago)
Great staff, organisation of outdoor cinema event. Would go back again.
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Craig Cameron (3 months ago)
Absolutely gorgeous garden, stunning range of flower colour and texture and a really interesting lay out. Loved the garden thoroughly.
Tom Brien (4 months ago)
We had the best wedding weekend at Gordon Castle. The staff were amazing and incredibly helpful, special shout out to Kyra… no stone was left unturned and no job was too big! Every detail was perfect and we can’t thank the team enough. Thank you again from Kirsty and I.
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