Drum Castle

10% off Admission

Drum Castle - National Trust for Scotland


Jacobite tales whisper through the medieval grand hall of this castle.

Visit one of Scotland’s oldest tower houses.

Stroll through the Old Wood of Drum, home to oak trees dating from the 1700s.

Admire Drum’s exquisite chapel, built in the 1500s.

Relax amid the heady scents of the Garden of Historic Roses.

The sweep of 700 years of history is stamped into Drum’s battlements, medieval square tower and sprawling extensions.

The Royal Forest and Tower of Drum were given to the Irvine family by Robert the Bruce in 1323.

Later a Jacobean mansion house was added, and in the Victorian era the lower hall was converted to a library, now containing a mighty 4,000 books.

The beautiful Garden of Historic Roses is divided into quadrants that show how roses have been cultivated from the 17th to the 20th century.

Normal Prices

Castle & Walled Garden
  • ADULT £14.50
  • FAMILY £33.00
  • CONCESSION £11.00
  • YOUNG SCOT £1.00
Walled Garden only
  • ADULT £5.00

Drum Castle, Drumoak, by Banchory, Aberdeenshire, AB31 5EY

1 Sep–19 Dec, Sat & Sun 10.30–15.00
20–27 Dec, closed
28–31 Dec, Tues–Fri, 10.00–16.00
1 Jan 2022–7 Jan, closed
8 Jan–27 Feb, Sat & Sun, 10.30–15.00

Mary’s Larder tearoom will operate a takeaway service.

1 Sep–19 Dec, Sat & Sun, 10.30–15.00
20–27 Dec, closed
28–31 Dec, Tues–Fri, 10.00–16.00
1 Jan 2022–7 Jan, closed
8 Jan–27 Feb, Sat & Sun, 10.30–15.00
1 Nov–31 Mar 2022, closed

Northern Highlights Pass Offer:

10% off Admission

Please note you cannot use The Northern Highlights Pass in conjunction with any other NTS offer.

What you need to know:

Please note that parking charges apply.

Dogs are welcome in the grounds but must be kept on a lead while in the car park, near the children’s play areas, in the courtyard and around the castle areas. Dogs are not allowed in the walled garden.

The ground floor of the castle, including the shop and tearoom, is accessible for wheelchairs, although there is limited access to the main floor.

There is an accessible toilet in the courtyard and a designated disabled parking area in the main car park and two disabled parking spaces near the Garden of Historic Roses.

Braille information sheets are available, and there’s large-print English information in the rooms.

Drum Castle, Garden and Estate hosts a vibrant programme of events in order to offer something exciting for everyone. Occasionally this means that the Castle is not accessible to visitors, or there may be extra charges, so please check in advance to avoid disappointment.

All visits to Drum Castle are led by our experienced guides, on one of our informative guided tours. Please phone or check the website for details of tour timings.

Please note you cannot use The Northern Highlights Pass in conjunction with any other offer.

Set in the stunning countryside of Royal Deeside, Belwade Farm is the Aberdeenshire home of World Horse Welfare. Belwade is a great place to discover the charity’s work first hand and spend a day with the family.

Belwade Farm is home to around 65 horses in need at any one time. Here they can undergo rehabilitation before finding loving new homes through World Horse Welfare’s rehoming scheme. Why not come and meet them and find out more about the work World Horse Welfare do to help the horses of today and tomorrow?

World Horse Welfare Belwade Farm, A93, Aboyne AB34 5BJ

Opening Hours
The Bistro & Visitor Centre are open all year Wednesday-Sunday, from 10am to 4pm, and admission is free.

Northern Highlights Pass Offer:

15% Off Horse Charity Tour with Scottish Afternoon Tea presented by World Horse Welfare

New for 2020!

Be welcomed along to Belwade Farm the Scottish home to World Horse Welfare.

You will be introduced the charity within our conference room before heading round all local areas of the farm; some of which are not accessible to the general public!

Your dedicated tour guide has a wealth of knowledge to share with you throughout the experience.

The tour will last approximately an hour and a half, you will then visit Belwade Bistro for a delicious Scottish themed afternoon tea, where you will have the opportunity to chat through the experience with other attendees and ask any further questions that you may have.

Your tour guide will cover history, our international work, our campaigns, our work right here in the UK, the role of Belwade Farm, meeting the horses and much more.

Please attend wearing suitable clothing and footwear for the weather conditions on the day.

For further information please give us a call on 013398 85398 or email [email protected]

Maximum booking of 20 online.  However larger groups can be accommodated by telephone booking 013398 85398.

Full Price will be £19.50 per adult, £12.50 per child (12years and under), product not suitable for children 3years and under.

Product will be available to the general public at full price.

Belwade Farm reserves the right to cancel or postpone a tour in the event of severe weather conditions or other instance that may cause safety issues.

Participants are responsible for being at the facility before the start time.  We are unable to wait for late attendees so you would need to join in at whatever stage the tour was at when you arrived.

Belwade Farm accepts bookings online.  For groups larger than 20 or for groups that have any special requirements we ask you do your booking by telephone.  

Bookings are confirmed by email at time of booking and payment.

Ticket purchases become non refundable from 14 days before date booked.  If you choose to cancel before the 14th day you will be refunded minus our administration fee.  Cancellations should be made in writing by email or letter by the person who made the booking.

Belwade Farm will provide a safety brief to all attendees before visiting the farm.  Participants must comply with safety instruction provided.

"One of the few houses where you can wander around on your own. A really interesting house with lovely furnishing and artwork. Worth visiting the chapel and tower."

Jim B, TripAdvisor Review

Covid - 19 Update


Please read the NTS Guide on what to expect before you visit.