Fyvie Castle is one of Scotland’s great baronial fortress palaces. Fyvie dates back to the 13th century when it was a royal stronghold. Both William the Lyon and Alexander II held court here, and Edward I of England and Robert the Bruce were both visitors.
From 1390, five successive families owned Fyvie, each contributing to the development of the castle. An old tradition claims that these families – Preston, Meldrum, Seton, Gordon and Leith – each built one of Fyvie’s five towers.
The castle interior is richly decorated. 17th century tapestries and paintings by artists such as Batoni, Raeburn, Romney, Gainsborough, Opie and Hoppner hang on the wall. Original panelling and plaster ceilings survive in the 17th-century Morning Room. One feature, a large wheel staircase, is considered to be the finest in Scotland.
The castle was acquired by The National Trust for Scotland in 1984.
- Off A947, 8 miles SE of Turriff and 25 miles NW of Aberdeen.
- Fyvie Castle, Fyvie, Turriff, Aberdeenshire, AB53 8JS
- National Trust for Scotland. Open to public. Entrance fee for non-members.
- For further information visit www.nts.org.uk
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