Castles of Aberdeenshire: Brew Dogs and the Queen

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  • 18 August 2015
Castles of Aberdeenshire

Craigievar Castle / Courtesy of National Trust for Scotland

Castle Fraser, Craigievar Castle and Crathes Castles have played their part on big screen and small

Among the National Trust for Scotland’s properties in Aberdeenshire are an array of castles, many of which have featured in films and photo shoots.

Helen Mirren won an Oscar for her portrayal of Elizabeth II in The Queen (2006). And although it’s not a current royal castle, Castle Fraser was used as a backdrop for some of the scenes in the movie. Elsewhere, Craigievar Castle was used as a location in HBO TV movie The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2000), featuring Judi Dench, James Cosmo, Ian Holm and Olympia Dukakis.

Crathes Castle on the River Dee is renowned for its lush gardens. So naturally, it featured in the BBC programme Glorious Gardens from Above. And fans of craft beer shouldn’t miss a visit to Haddo House either: James Watt and Martin Dickie, founders of award-winning craft brewery BrewDog, filmed in the Aberdeenshire property in 2014 for an American TV show, aptly named Brew Dogs.

A Craigievar Castle
Alford, Aberdeenshire, AB33 8JF
This fairytale castle, a fine example of Scottish Baronial architecture, seems to have grown naturally out of the rolling hills. The great tower stands just as it did when completed in 1626. The castle is home to a fine collection of family portraits.
B Castle Fraser Estate
Sauchen, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, AB51 7LD
Castle Fraser is one of the grandest of the Scottish baronial tower houses. Begun in 1575, the present castle contains an evocative Great Hall, fine furniture and many Fraser family portraits. In the grounds, enjoy the beautiful 18th-century walled…
C Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate
Banchory, Aberdeenshire, AB31 5QJ
Fairytale-like turrets, gargoyles of fantastic design and the ancient Horn of Leys given in 1323 by Robert the Bruce are just a few of the features of this historic castle. The Crathes gardens and estate are ideal for a family day out. A delight at any…
D Haddo House
Methlick, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, AB41 7EQ
An elegant mansion house with stunning late Victorian interiors. Noted for its fine furniture and paintings, Haddo also has a terraced garden leading to the Country Park with lakes, walks and monuments.

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