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Edzell Castle

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Address: Edzell, Brechin DD9 7UE, Scotland
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+44 1356 648631

Edzell Castle is enchanting. The red sandstone castle walls, set amid...

Edzell Castle is enchanting. The red sandstone castle walls, set amid pleasing green parkland, conjure up an image of a noble bygone age. Medieval society was not all fighting and feuding. Everyday lordly life in late-medieval rural Scotland is more readily understood at Edzell than at most castles.Edzell was home to the Lindsays. When they acquired the estate in 1358, the lordly seat was a timber residence beside the ancient church. During the 16th century, they built a brand-new castle a short distance away – the one we admire today. The ‘icing on the cake’ of their new residence was the wonderful ‘great garden’, added in 1604.

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Quick Stop But Worth It

We stopped as a family on the way to our holiday cottage and were glad we did as we spent an hour or so wandering the ruins and gardens. It's a lovely little place with enough... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kettering, United Kingdom
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Kettering, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped as a family on the way to our holiday cottage and were glad we did as we spent an hour or so wandering the ruins and gardens. It's a lovely little place with enough to keep you entertained for a while. My son enjoyed wandering around imagining himself as a knight keeping invaders at bay. There are a... More 

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Harthill, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

The view from the road was good, alas it was out of season, so could not visit the site. The Castle appears to be kept in good condition.

Thank Ray E
Jacksonville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 1 December 2016

We came across this gem on our way to Aberdeen. So very glad we stopped. This actually turned out to be one of my favorites among all the ones we saw. Castle staff is lovely and the grounds are well maintained. we had a pass so it was a free visit for us which was nice. I highly recommend both... More 

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Arbroath, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 November 2016

Edzell Castle and gardens is a nice day out. The Castle ruins are built out of the local cliff stone from the Angus coastline. The gardens are well manicured and are delightful to walk around. There is plenty of areas to picnic in Edzell and there is a lovely cafe and ice cream shop in the village.

Thank Iain4545
Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 November 2016

great place. very helpful and friendly staff. Great gardens, both the formal renaissance one and the wild one that will help attract much needed wildlife like bees and other insects. fantastic architecture.

Thank scott1barden
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 September 2016

The original mainly wooden Edzell Castle was built as a defensive stronghold a short distance from the "current" site, but was replaced in the 1500's by a more substantial stone castle. This building however was intended primarily as a fine residential castle for the Lindsay clan, and was never really involved in battle (although Oliver Cromwell's army briefly occupied it... More 

Thank BobNewtonMearns
Maryville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

If you have the family name of Lindsay, this castle is a must see. It has the Lindsay coat of arms. The garden is the biggest selling point because it is beaitiful and well maintained. If you look down from the top, you will see a message in the greenery. There are also very interesting carvings on the garden walls.... More 

Thank JenniferKoozer
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Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Very impressive ruin , you can still get up to some of the higher levels & get great views over the fantastic walled geometric gardens . Definitely worth a visit . Downside for me was the Gardener was oblivious to the fact people wanted to take photos without him in them ! I understand he has a job to do... More 

Thank Markb156
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Reviewed 12 September 2016

The gardens at Edzell castle are justifiably recognised worldwide. the layout and colours were truly beautiful, even for so late in the season.

Thank Andrew D
Grangemouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 September 2016

a short walk out of village - Hillary is lovely and gives you a good insight into the castle. Lovely gardens.

Thank Mari0n11

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