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Sleeps 14 adults Bedrooms 7 Bathrooms 7 Pets 3 Welcome Region Aberdeenshire Town/village Inverurie
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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. Owners of this castle over the centuries have included many of the old Aberdeenshire families including Forbes, Hay, Duff, Leith and Leslie. Today it is available for let on a self-catering basis for a week or weekend.

Within there is a formal drawing room, a snug, a sitting room with TV, a kitchen with breakfasting area and a wood panelled dining room that can seat up to 14 adults. The wide turnpike stair with a stone-clad wall gives the castle a distinct historic flavour. Whilst there is one bedroom on the first floor, the others are on the floors above, and include a four poster room, double rooms and twin-bedded rooms. The grounds consist of lawns and mixed woodlands with some nice walking areas. The property is only thirty minutes from Aberdeen and within the castle trail region. It is ideal for family occasions, wedding groups or for corporate events.

The library/snug leads off the back of the drawing roomFirst Floor Drawing RoomSitting room with TVDining roomGround Floor Kitchen with Breakfast roomStone turnpike stairs entrance

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. Definitely a room that takes you back in time. There is a snug area with books and a card table in one corner, with a small bar area in another corner. Beyond is the “withdrawing room”, the second sitting room, which is a blend of formal and comfortable. There is also an open fire, but here you will find more comfortable seating and the TV. This room is ideal for all the family or for children taking a break.

Kitchen / Dining

The dining room is to be found on the first floor and has a formal feel, with its wood panelled walls, family portraits and traditional dining table and chairs. 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. A traditional AGA with 2 hobs, double ovens and 2 warming ovens, along with a 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
  • Catering Services Available
  • CD Player
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Player
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Garden Furniture
  • Heating, Central
  • High chair
  • Internet Access
  • Logs, initial supply
  • Microwave
  • Open Fires
  • Oven, hob, gas, electric
  • Tumble Dryer
  • TV
  • TV, Sky
  • VCR
  • Washing Machine
  • Castle, floodlighting availble on request
  • Music System
Bedroom 3: Double bedroom with en-suiteRoom 4 - with four poster bedBedroom 5Bedroom 5Bedroom 6The turret bathroom is the en-suite to Bedroom 6Room 7 - located at the top of the castleRoom 1, the first floor room double bedroom

Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 14

Accommodation is provided for a group of 14 adults in 7 bedrooms with 7 bathrooms as follows:

Ground floor - bathroom with hip bath, w.c and wash hand basin.

First floor – room 1, double bedroom with double bed, with en-suite bathroom, with bath with shower attachment, w.c and wash hand basin; bathroom with hip bath and wash hand basin; bathroom with hip bath, w.c and wash hand basin.

Between First and Second floors – room 2, double room with double bed.

Second floor – room 3, double room with double bed, with separate turret area with w.c and wash hand basin and shared en-suite bathroom, with bath with shower over; room 4, double room, with double poster double bed, with access to the shared en-suite bathroom, and small turret room with small hip bath, w.c and wash hand basin, with separate stair access.

Between Second and Third floors – room 5, double room with double bed.

Third floor – room 6, twin room with two single beds, with en-suite turret with hip bath and wash hand basin, with separate turret with w.c and wash hand basin.

Top floor – room 7, twin room with two single beds.

(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
A walm welcome awaits at the end of the driveway to this holiday home Plenty of woodland walks

Grounds & Surrounds

Set in 30 acres of garden, with the Gadie burn running on both sides, it has a mixture of lawn, woodlands and wild areas. (Please note there is a small burn that flows past the sides of the castle and this area is not suitable for unsupervised children). 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 (an hours drive), 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 (more logs are available and priced per bag).

Notes & Warnings

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.

For those wishing to hire a hot tub during your stay – then a local supplier can arrange this on your behalf.

Unlimited use, with best coverage in kitchen and second sitting room.

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


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
Ardmore Distillery is nearby Craigievar Castle near Alford, part of the Castle TrailDiscover the Moray Firth fishing villages like Portsoy Enjoy the vantage point from 'The Suie' overlooking the area


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10th August 2018 Excellent 

Wonderful, peaceful stay in a beautiful castle. Extremely well equipped kitchen.

Service rating : Glad you found our site easy to use, look forwarding to welcoming you back in the future.
Product : Thanks so much for your comments, I'll pass these onto the owner who will be so pleased you enjoyed your stay.

7th November 2017 Excellent 

Lovely place brilliant views castle was great still held all that castle atmosphere our grandchildren loved it all the wee crooks and crannies

Service rating : Many thanks for your comments, we are thrilled you found our booking process great from start to finish and found the courtesy text messages helpful. 

Product : Thank you for your feedback, it's great to see you rated this wonderful property five stars and it sounds like you all had a brilliant time exploring the castle and everything it has to offer. We hope to help with another booking in the near future!

13th July 2017 Excellent 

The castle was wonderful. Candy greeted us and handled any questions. We had a fantastic time.

Service rating : Thank you very much for your feedback, it’s great to hear you found the booking process simple and straightforward. We look forward to welcoming you back to Scotts Castle Holidays soon, and don’t forget of our properties offer a loyalty discount! T&Cs apply

Product : Fabulous news - So glad that you enjoyed the Castle and the hosts, I hope we can tempt you to another fantastic property in the future, also don’t forget to mention our loyalty discount when you book with us next time! T&Cs apply

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

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.

Cat Booth
Scotts Castle Holidays

8th May 2013 Great 

Great castle, excellent location, well-equipped but cold on arrival. Took a while to warm up, but was fine by our third and last night. Electric blankets or more than 3 hot water bottles would be good. Additional firewood would have apparently cost £50. That seemed a little pricey if we only used a few additional logs. Suggest a sliding scale for additional firewood. May wish to consider adding scales and a rolling pin as we cook a lot and assumed these would be there. We thought the breakages charges were very expensive - a small amount of breakages should be included in the cost. This is feedback, which you asked for. Overall we had a great time and it was a fantastic castle.

I’m so pleased to hear you had a great time at Lickleyhead Castle, thank you for your feedback this is always appreciated. I’ll pass this onto the owners.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if we can help with future holiday plans, and claim a discount under our returning client scheme (T&C’s apply)

Kind Regards,


Scotts Castle Holidays

12th January 2013 Great 

An extremely quirky castle, rooms on multiple levels and a great kitchen. Lots of spiral staircases to get to higher floors, these are difficult at times with luggage. The heating could be on all day as you can tell by the air temp drop when it is off (Winter it felt cold and damp for a day or so). The firewood supplied is only enough for one fire 24 hrs, but the castle has multiple communal areas with fireplaces where all gather. There was a 50 pound charge for extra wood. The breakage rule was extreme, 5 pound per item, appears many previous tenants didn't own up, as there were many chipped plates, mugs, cups, glasses etc. Generally it was a fabulous stay and memories will be with us forever.

Delighted to hear you enjoyed your holiday and thanks for the lovely feedback. Your comments re the wood and breakage fee are being investigated with the owner as we were not made aware of them during our inspection of the castle last year. If we can assist with any future visits to Scotland, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Scotts Castle Holidays

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