This castle is a Jacobean mansion with lavishly furnished rooms and a 13th-century tower, plus woodland trails nearby. This is one of Scotland’s oldest tower houses. There is an old wood with oak trees from the 1700s surrounding the castle and nature paths to walk on. There is an old stone chapel built in the 1500s that is hidden under the trees offside from the castle that has beautiful stained glass and is a peaceful spot. The Royal Forest and Tower of Drum were given to the Irvine family by Robert the Bruce in 1323. The Jacobean mansion house was added later, and in the Victorian era the lower hall was made into a library, with 4,000 books. The sunny courtyard with vines on the stone walls is where the Tea Room serves tea and little home baked goods to enjoy outside. Having tea in the courtyard of the castle with live bagpipers playing on a sunny day in the background was one of my favorite memories in my time in Scotland. The music, the castle and the tea was magic. Another castle along this same road and bus route right down the street is Crathes Castle. They are great to visit on the same day trip. This is one of the closest castles outside of Aberdeen city and is done as a great day trip outside of the city.
How to get there
Drum castle is 13 miles outside the city and is a 30 minute drive or 1 hour bus trip. Taking the bus from Union Square to Drum castle is also on the orange route (the same as Crathes Castle), bus route 201, from downtown Aberdeen. It is about an hour drive and the bus comes every 20 minutes. This is a great website to help navigate the bus system and see where you are trying to go. https://www.rome2rio.com/map/Aberdeen/Drum-Castle
- Adult £13.00
- Family £30.00
- One adult family £25.00
- Concession £10.00
- Young Scot £1.00
- Another option is free entry if you become a Trust Member which is shown below
Everything the membership includes is listed below. An adult membership is 5 sterling pounds per month, a senior is 4 sterling pounds per month, and ages 16-24 is 2.50 sterling pounds per month. The membership gets you into all Trust places which include all castles and many historic sites not just in Scotland but across different countries in Europe. This includes all the castle events as well include free admission. Become a member here.
- At all Trust places, admission is free for members.
- Access to all Trust Places
- Access free to properties worldwide
- Free parking
- Magazines and guides
Castle, shop & tea room Hours
- 30 Oct–22 Dec, Sat & Sun, 11.00–16.00
- 23 Dec–4 Jan 2019, closed
- 5 Jan–31 Mar, Sat & Sun, 10.30–16.00
- 1 Apr–31 May, Thurs–Mon, 10.30–16.00
- 1 Jun–31 Aug, daily, 10.30–16.00
- 1 Sep–31 Oct, Thurs–Mon, 10.30–16.002
- Nov–22 Dec, Sat & Sun, 10.30–16.0023
- Dec–31 Dec, closed
- Last entry to the castle is at 16.00
- The grounds are open all year daily
Drum Castle Tea Room
Having tea in the UK let alone in a castle courtyard is just life dreams. The atmosphere and experience of tea time in a castle I recommend highly while you are in Aberdeen. Try the homemade soups, baking goods and sandwiches in Mary’s Larder tearoom, in the old kitchen on the ground floor. The black tea is delicious and served in the most beautiful china.
Garden of Historic Roses
There is a gorgeous walled historic garden of roses that fill the grounds with a sweet scent. The garden is a well maintained manicured and artistic grounds to walk and enjoy the blooms. The hours and openings for the garden are listed below.
- 1 Nov–31 Mar 2019, closed
- 1 Apr–31 Oct, daily, 11.00–17.00
- 1 Nov–31 Mar 2020, closed
The castle is a great place to get outside, go for a short hike or walk your dog. The grounds are beautiful and are a great addition to touring the castle as part of your experience. Aberdeenshire is gorgeous country with lots of cows, sheep and rolling hills and forest surrounding. There are two main walking trails near the castle below.
This is a 1 mile nature trail that is an easy to moderate path through the woods surrounding the castle. The trail takes around 20-30 minutes and has parking a toilet and pet access. The National Trust for Scotland has a free app to find walks at National Trust for Scotland places, download the Trust Trails app.
This is a 1 mile hiking trail in the grounds surrounding Drum Castle that takes around 20-40 minutes. It is an easy to moderate trail level and can be very muddy slippery path in the rain.
There are lots of unique experiences available when visiting the castle. Sometimes this is the best way to see if an event falls on the timing of your dates to visit. This is a great way to have a local experience with live music, car shows or local tastings.
- There are lots of badgers in the woods around the castle and other woodland creatures. There is a nature scouting event to learn more about badgers at Drum Castle.
- There is an annual easter egg hunt event that is a fun way to celebrate Easter as a family.
- Local artists events displaying art
- One of the most popular events is an electronic music festival party held at the castle!!! CHECK IT OUT HERE
- Gin tasting at the castle, HERE
- Shakespearan comedy, HERE
- Classic Car show, HERE
- MG Classic Car Show, HERE
Jaguar Classic Car Show
I by accident toured the castle when there was the annual Jaguar Classic Car Show happening. This occurs on the 28th of July at 12pm-4pm. Adult tickets are £4.00. This event is led by the Grampian Region Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club. If you are a classics car lover this is an amazing show and environment to go see classic cars in front of a gothic castle. The pictures are amazing. See the event details here.
- If you travel Europe often and want to visit many castles on your trip you can save money with buying a membership that lets you into all the castles.
- Picnicking in the grounds is allowed and encouraged in the Castle grounds!
- There is a gift shop available.
- Car parking is free for members.
- Dogs are allowed on the grounds but must be on a leash while in the parking lot, the children’s play areas, the courtyard and around the castle. Dogs are not allowed in the garden.
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