I have decided that I'm going to try and put up a little blurb every Sunday evening about a place we've been to here in Scotland for those of you wanting to get out and see things but don't know where to start. I'm starting with:
What To Look For At The Site and Who It's Suited For:
This castle is one of our favorites as our son likes to run around and climb on it and because it is situated so remotely and has no huge heights with dangerous rails, we let him explore. It's suitable for all ages with no death defying cliffs or towering turrets with too-wide railings. It is a smaller castle with a lovely lawn all the way round it and a stone wall beyond containing it. The front entrance is unusually decorated, there are faux bee hives running along the outer wall, and there is an inaccessible hiding place you can find where the the laird hid his valuables. Also look for the initials 'T.L.' high on the outside of the main house, the signature of the architect.
Gift Shop/Tea Room/Restaurant/Toilet availability:
There is a tiny gift shop, toilets, and picnic tables
Site's Affiliations and Costs:
This site belongs to Historic Scotland. Adult £3.70, Child £1.85, Concession £3.00 and free to Historic Scotland members.
April 1 through September 30th open all week 9:30-5:30
October 1 through March 31st open weekends only 9:30-4:30
Location/Time It Takes To Get There:
The castle is about a half hour North of Aberdeen, just past the town of Pitmedden, which you can reach on the B999. It's a lovely drive through the rural Scottish countryside, though the roads are somewhat narrow and winding.
For More Information:
http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk and look up Tolquhon under places to visit
Places To Visit Nearby:
Pitmedden Gardens, which is open all year daily and it's museum, shop, and tea room are open May 1st through September 30th daily from 10-5:30