Drum Castle was for centuries the seat of Clan Irvine. The original 13th-century tower of Drum Castle has been suggested as the work of medieval architect Richard Cementarius, who built the Bridge of Don in Old Aberdeen. It is believed to be one of the three oldest tower houses in Scotland (and notably unaltered). A large wing was added in 1619 by the 9th laird, and further alterations were made during the Victorian era.

The castle and its grounds were granted to William de Irwyn in 1325 by Robert the Bruce, and remained in the possession of Clan Irvine until 1975. William de Irwyn was armour bearer/secretary to King Robert the Bruce. Drum played a role in the Covenanting Rebellion leading to its being attacked and sacked three times.

The castle is surrounded by late 18th-century gardens, including a rose garden and arboretum containing trees from all regions of the 18th century British Empire.

Today, the castle is owned by the National Trust for Scotland and is open during the summer months. The chapel, dining hall and estate may be hired for weddings and corporate functions. A variety of local events such as classic car rallies and musical fetes also occur here. There is also a small shop and tearoom within the castle.

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Founded: 13th century
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a easson (2 years ago)
Beautiful place the park in the woods and woodland walks are truly wonderful. The castle itself is also cool
Lydia Cutler (2 years ago)
Amazing Castle but the walks are brilliant. 100% recommended.
Ian Elliott (2 years ago)
A fabulous place to visit with the family or to walk your dogs. There is a nice little walk about the grounds and then a further 3 routes to take around the area either by the river or around the forest. There's a little play park for kids to enjoy too. Get yourself there and you won't be disappointed
Mandy Cole (3 years ago)
Delightful Place. Great walks. Excellent play area for children. Cool boards to put you head in for photo opportunities. Walled garden is very well maintained; it has more than roses and topiary inside.
Sarah Kiboi (3 years ago)
Such a lovely day spent in the summer. The guided tours are fantastic with so much history to learn. The tea shop is really nice and cozy with an amazing pastry selection. I highly recommend visiting the Rose garden whether or not you visit the castle itself. Side note: You can stay at the castle in a room located above the arch at the entrance of the castle. For a small fortune I believe.
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