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Slains Castle

Open Now: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Dracula's Castle, always worth a visit

We enjoyed a nice walk from the car park in Cruden Bay up to the castle. Probably not suitable for... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Amazing, too risky for kids

It's more than likely it's a risk too far to take your kids or your dog to the castle as it's right... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Livingston, United Kingdom
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Erected in 1597, this is one of the most famous castle ruins in Scotland, and was used by Bram Stoker as the inspiration for the castle of the evil vampire in his most famous supernatural tale "Dracula."
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Cruden Bay, Aberdeen AB10 1JE, Scotland
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We enjoyed a nice walk from the car park in Cruden Bay up to the castle. Probably not suitable for wheelchairs but I believe there is another way to access the car park closer to the castle. Very picturesque and just feels the right amount...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank aiwxo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's more than likely it's a risk too far to take your kids or your dog to the castle as it's right on the cliff edge but take a torch for the dark sections of the castle. My wife is a fan of Bram Stoker...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank matthewdking90
Reviewed 11 November 2018

I visited this place many times as a young person, there used to be a miniature railway that used to take you halfway up, not sure if it is still there? It's a remarkable place, it inspired me to read the book Dracula by Bran...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Yvonne D
Reviewed 10 November 2018 via mobile

Slains is absolutely a must see. This is nature at its best, the cliffs and the ocean and the beautiful ruins of a big castle, magnificent.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Kristinmaarie
Reviewed 2 October 2018

my travel agent was the driver and took us to Slain castle extremely interesting as the place was a shell but can see partial walls and levels even go on second level beautiful must see i love castles

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank carol r
Reviewed 21 September 2018

If you are up this way then this is a must see! You can walk round the ruins, while looking out to sea. It's very close to the cliff edge and there's rubble as you walk around but please don't let this put you off,...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Vicki M
Reviewed 19 September 2018

As we walked through these ruins you can see the different types of stone and brick that were used over the centuries and try to imagine what life was like in those times. The immensity of the size and number of towers and rooms is...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Lorraine W
Reviewed 10 September 2018

Property Schedule: A notable property in need of some attention. New roofing advised (roof full stop advised), light and airy due to lack of windows and doors. Secluded location ideal for sea birds, sea dogs, and those discerning persons who appreciate a strong gust of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
5  Thank CriticalMission
Reviewed 9 September 2018

We visited the castle on August 28, 2018. The castle is accessible via an unpaved road that leads to a fairly good sized car park. There are no facilities here. The castle ruin is very large with many areas to explore. There are no markers...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Erik_and_Cheryl
Reviewed 5 September 2018 via mobile

BE CAREFUL. Steep cliffs. Lovely setting and a unique castle. Very sad when you see a ruin. Sunrise/sunset would be worth a visit too. Cruden Bay is lovely.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank raymondm331
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Danny S
13 July 2018|
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Response from 431dianee | Reviewed this property |
Very rutted sand road would get you right next to the castle. Small area to park. We drive it but felt with each bump that we might bottom out the car.
13 February 2015|
Response from juliaashleydavies |
I'd recommend.... "Visiting Slains Castle "... 🙄