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Sleeps 14 adults Bedrooms 7 Bathrooms 7 Pets 3 Welcome Region Aberdeenshire Town/village Inverurie

15th Century Castle, near Inverurie (031)

This medieval castle, with its stone turnpike stairs and turrets, is everything an authentic castle should be. Here you can be king or queen of your own Scottish castle!

Sheltered within its own grounds, this is a typical late fifteenth century tower house built to a simple L-plan, with three storeys, a garret and a stone turnpike circular stairway. A further wing was added in the eighteenth century, and the castle is filled with antiques and period furniture. Within there is a formal drawing room with a snug, a sitting room, a kitchen with breakfasting area and a wood panelled dining room that can seat up to 14 adults. Whilst there is one bedroom on the first floor, the others are on the floors above.

The grounds consist of lawns and mixed woodlands and are private. It is ideal for family occasions, wedding groups or for corporate events. The property is only thirty minutes from Aberdeen and within the castle trail region.

Entering the elegant drawing room on the first floor is like stepping back in timeLocated to the rear of the drawing room is the snugThe dining room is atmospheric with wood panelling and family portraitsA further sitting room is located beyond the dining roomThe well equipped kitchen is located at ground levelStone turnpike stairs are a classic character feature of Scottish castles

Living Space

Reception rooms

Accessed via a wide stone spiral staircase, what would have been the Great Hall on the first floor is now the drawing room. This is a painted wood panelled room with large open fire, with formal seating and ancestral pictures on the wall. There is a snug area with books and a card table, as well as a TV. There is a secondary sitting room available, beyond the dining room on the first floor, which is known as the “withdrawing room”. Again this is quite a formal room with an open fire.

Kitchen / Dining

The dining room is to be found on the first floor, and with its wood panelled walls, traditional dining table and chairs, it has a formal look. The table comfortably seats up to 14 people and there is a back stairs that takes you down to the kitchen on the ground floor. Here you will find a practical kitchen with plenty of granite work surfaces. On offer is a traditional AGA with 2 hobs, double ovens and 2 warming ovens, along with a traditional gas cooker, integral oven and microwave. There are additional larder rooms and utility rooms off the kitchen. The breakfasting area has part of the original stone wall showing and there is seating for up to 8 people.

  • Aga
  • BBQ
  • CD Player
  • Cook and Housekeeping Services Available
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Player
  • Fishing
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Garden Furniture
  • Heating, Central
  • High chair
  • Internet Access
  • Logs, initial supply
  • Microwave
  • Open Fires
  • Oven, hob, gas, electric
  • Tumble Dryer
  • TV
  • TV, Satellite
  • TV, Sky
  • VCR
  • Washing Machine
  • Castle, floodlighting availble on request
A fine looking four poster double bedA stylish double bedroomAll the bedrooms have their own unique characterAnother elegant double bedroomThis room could be perfect for children sharingTurret bathroom with traditional suite and lovely views!This fantastic turret bathroom with porthole style windows is the en-suite to the twin roomAnother quaint double bedroomPretty twin room with pitched  ceiling

Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 14

There are seven bedrooms, with one four poster bedroom, but all are eclectic and different in style. Whilst there is one double bedroom on the first floor, all the others are accessed off the main stone spiral staircase on the floors above. With a selection of double beds and twin-bedded rooms, each has its own character. The bathrooms are all different from each other, with a mix of antique baths, situated at ground floor to turret space on the third floor. Some are hip baths and due to regulations regarding altering rooms in historic houses, some of these bathrooms are quite compact.

  • 2 Double Bedroom/s With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 3 Double Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 1 Twin Bedroom/s With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 1 Twin Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
Entrance is via the original L-Plan doorwayUltimate holiday getaway in Scotland near InverurieThe scene that greets you on arrival

Grounds & Surrounds

Set in 30 acres of garden, with the Gadie burn running on both sides, it has a mixture of formal gardens, woodlands and lawn. A hard surface drive sweeps up to the front of the castle and there is plenty of parking for many vehicles. It is located in the countryside 28 miles to the west of Aberdeen and 1 mile from the village of Auchleven. The nearest major supermarket can be found in Inverurie which is 12 miles away. For golfers, there is a good local course at Insch, with Royal Aberdeen and Trump International Links course within an hour. Aberdeen is the oil capital of Scotland, with many restaurants, shops, clubs and museums. 


Security Bond

The owner requires a fully refundable security bond to be paid within 7 days of the holiday start date.
This owner has chosen to use our secure online payment service to collect this bond from guests.

Check in / Check out

Guests are welcome to arrive from 4:00pm and are asked to depart by 10:00am on the day of departure.

Pets Welcome

A maximum of 3 pets are welcome at this property. Typically pet charges apply but please contact the office for details.

Cancellation Policy - Strict

Included in the rental

Linen & towels; electricity; oil central heating and an initial supply of logs.

Notes & Warnings

Please note there is a small burn that flows past the sides of the castle and this area is not suitable for unsupervised children.

Dogs are welcomed on the ground floor of this property only.

INTERNET ACCESS |Unlimited use.

Whilst this property can supply a cot & highchair. Please make sure you submit a note on your booking form to the bookings team requesting this item so the owner knows to put one out for you on arrival.


Nestled in the valley of the River Don, in Aberdeenshire, the small town of Inverurie is known as the Heart of the region of Aberdeenshire called Garioch.  The town is home to the Glen Garioch Distillery, open to visitors who wish to learn more about the great Scottish whisky. Inverurie Golf course offers pleasant parkland and 18 holes for visiting golfers. A few miles south of the town is the striking Castle Frazer, where you can wander the baronial tower and attractive grounds and gardens. For keen walkers and explorers, the town is close to Bennachie, offering gentle walks or hikes to the top, the countryside has beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife. The Bennachie Centre offers a lovely starting point to your exploration, where you can learn about the heritage of the place and people who lived in the area. 


Aberdeenshire, located on the north east of Scotland’s mainland, boasts a unique array of landscape and heritage.  The historic county of Banffshire on the north coast is now commonly considered to be part of Aberdeenshire. The many miles of easterly coastline offers rugged cliffs as well as sandy beaches and appeals to watersport enthusiasts. The inland westerly border incorporates the Cairngorm National Park, attracting walkers and explorers. The region is home the Lecht Ski Resort, and Glenshee Ski Resort, so really can cater for a massive range of sports! Investigation of the Castle Trail is a must – the trail takes in 17 of the best castles Aberdeenshire has to offer, including Balmoral Castle, seasonal home to the Royal Family. Aberdeen plays a part in the oil and gas industry forming a land base for the North Sea oil rigs, however don’t be deceived by what you may find here – the city has won the ‘Britain in Bloom’ award a record breaking 13 times, thanks to its incredible number of parks and gardens, and is home to a beautiful stretch of sandy beach. Its nickname the ‘Granite City’ is courtesy of its quarrying history, and the famous 'Granite Mile' (Union Street) is home to many shops. The traditional neighbouring towns of Banff and Macduff sit on either side of the River Deveron, a popular fishing river, and nearby you will find the magnificent Duff House. Other large towns in the area include Peterhead and Fraserburgh, both fishing towns on the north east coast, and the market town of Inverurie. 

Highlands and Islands

This region takes in Inverness-shire, Ross-shire, Sutherland, Caithness and the islands include the Inner and Outer Hebrides as well as Orkney and the Shetland islands. For spectacular scenery the Highlands of Scotland provides some of the best, with a huge expanse of area full of mountains, lochs and glens full of romance, wildlife and scenic beauty. The heritage of this area includes Culloden, taking the ferry to the Isle of Skye or just taking in one of the many castles like Eilean Donan. There is also an immense range of wildlife to be found. 


Area Aberdeenshire Type of location Private Estate Nearest shop 2 miles Nearest supermarket 7 miles Nearest pub 0.5 miles
Nearest Airport
Aberdeen 25 miles
Nearest Train Station
Insch 2 miles
Aberdeen 28 miles
Craigievar Castle near Alford, part of the Castle TrailDiscover the Moray Firth fishing villages like Portsoy


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2nd February 2017 Great 

The castle met all our expectations; nooks and crannies, cosy, a little cold but it soon warmed up with the roaring log fires throughout. Felt beautifully secluded although only a few minutes away from a village. Both old and young had a fantastic Hogmanay weekend with plentiful blankets, kitchen equipment and logs to keep us happy.

Service rating : Thanks so much, lovely to hear you found our team helpful and swift to answer your queries. Look forward to hearing from you again in the future    :)

Product : Sounds like you all had a fantastic New Year holiday in this beautiful 15th century castle! Glad to hear that the castle was all you hoped for, and the open fires kept your family cosy and warm in the evenings!! 

5th January 2017 Excellent 

The castle was fantastic, well equipped and very comfortable. the bedrooms were comfortable and clean.

Service rating : Lovely to see you've already been in touch about another trip, it's always a pleasure helping with your family gatherings - we hope we can continue to impress!

Product : Great you found the castle well equipped, clean and comfortable, it sounds like you all had a fantastic time.

10th September 2015 Excellent 

This is our second visit to Lickleyhead Castle, a lovely and unique property and experience, a true family experience and environment, it's going back home for us, a very special place and plenty of activities around the area, we had such a lovely time!!!

Service rating : Thank you very much for your lovely comments, we would be delighted to assist with any future holiday plans!
Product : Sounds like another fantastic time was had by all, and I’m sure you have lots of happy memories from your holiday at this beautiful, quirky castle!

1st August 2015 Great 

My family really enjoyed our week at Lickleyhead. The grounds were very pretty - especially the walled garden. The castle was clean and the kitchen was well stocked. The owner was very helpful. There was a bit of a problem with dampness in one of the bathrooms. The great room and dining room are perfect for holding large parties around log fires.

Service rating : Thank you for the great comments, glad we were able to help with the holiday plans and we would be delighted to help with your next Summer break!
Product : Glad to hear you found the castle perfect for your celebrations. Owners are always on site to assist with any minor issues during your stay but we will certainly pass your comments on.

6th November 2014 Excellent 

appreciated the well stocked wood and kitchen. Think that the room above the snug has a leak in the chimney as it was too smokey to sleep in some nights when the snug fire was lit

Thank you for your feedback, glad you found both our service and the castle to be excellent!

We did try to catch you by telephone yesterday as we’ve spoken with the owner, who is most grateful for your feedback. She was not aware of an issue and although the chimney is regularly swept and checked, she will certainly investigate further.

We hope we can welcome you back to Scotland again in the future, please don’t hesitate to contact us if we can ever be of help with future plans!

Naomi Ashwell
Scotts Castle Holidays

10th September 2014 Excellent 

excellent property, better than the pictures. We had a great time and would definitley be back

Thank you for the good feedback and we are pleased that you found the castle to be excellent. Glad we could assist with your castle holiday plans and if we can help with any future trips we would be delighted to welcome you back!

Antony Sherlock
Property Manager

25th August 2014 Excellent 

Our family spent a wonderful fortnight at Lickleyhead Castle, thoroughly enjoying exploring historical and cultural sites nearby and farther afield. We were kindly welcomed by the owner upon arrival, who helped us with all practical details and generously stayed in contact during our stay. The kitchen is well equipped and it was a treat to cook with an Aga; bedrooms had fresh linens and towels, which were replaced half-way through our stay; and, we were grateful for the generous supply of wood for the fireplaces. This is an ideal place for a family or group of friends looking for relaxation in a peaceful historical setting. Our young daughter was thrilled to be at Lickleyhead. Many thanks indeed for such a memorable time -- Sam and Ingrid from the United States

Thank you for the wonderful feedback, and great to hear your family enjoyed the trip to Scotland the stay in this beautiful castle. Glad we could assist with the holiday plans and if we can help with any future trips we would be delighted to welcome you back!

Scotts Castle Holidays

5th August 2014 Sad 

VERY dirty, a few cobwebs is fine, but this castle looked like no one had knocked down a cobweb or spider nest in at least 10 yrs, MOST of all in desperate need of repair; smell of rotted wood in bathrooms, and mouldy walls in bedroom, all sinks/tubs tile moulded, large water stain walls from leaky roof. We were able to ignore dirty carpets and grimy curtains, peeling paint from walls, etc. But strong rot smell is hard to ignore. Please note this is not our first time renting a castle in Scotland or other countries…this one is neglected, overpriced for its state, and maybe should not be rented out until properly maintained.-

25th April 2014 Excellent 

Beautifull place, well kept and great facilities.

Many thanks for your great feedback and lovely to hear your family enjoyed the holiday in this beautiful castle. Hope we can help again in the future!

Scotts Castle Holidays

29th August 2013 Excellent 

Charming, nice owners, all we hoped for.

The owners will be delighted to hear your feedback. Thank you, it's fantastic to hear that you had a lovely time!

We would love to offer you our Loyalty Discount should you chose to re book and hope to be of future assistance.

Scotts Castle Holidays

31st July 2013 Excellent 

It's old but truly delightful ,full of character,and a memorable stay was had by all

Thank you for the lovely feedback, don’t forget to get in touch next time you want a holiday in Scotland!

Scotts Castle Holidays

5th June 2013 Great 

A great Castle but in need of a little Tlc

Thank you so much for your comments. All feedback is much appreciated, and we are very pleased that you had a good stay at the property. Please do let us know if we can assist with future holiday plans.

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