Slains Castle
Slains Castle
4.5
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Monday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Friday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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Erected in 1597, this is one of the most famous castle ruins in Scotland, and was used by Bram Stoker as the inspiration for the castle of the evil vampire in his most famous supernatural tale "Dracula."
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  • Jamie A
    20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning views, Dracula inspiration
    After a 1/2 mile easy walk, you turn the corner to see a stunning castle ruin perched on the cliffs. This isn’t a National Trust castle, so there is no fee or staff. So it feels more wild are free. We had the castle almost to ourselves which added to the allure. It was easy to see how this castle could inspire Dracula.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 August 2023
  • K S
    27 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Slains castle visit
    Parked car at Crudeness Bay. Free parking and plenty of spare bays. Twenty min walk on coastal path to castle, slight incline. Spectacular views. Castle itself is in ruins. There were cars parked outside it but not in bays, on the grass. Spectacular drops from castle. Free to go in, no signs saying keep out or danger watch out. It’s all overgrown but the views kept us their for a good hour.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 August 2023
  • Pritesh M
    Leamington Spa, United Kingdom718 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Have to experience!
    This is an interesting place. No restroom, no safety precautions, no information and a long (ish) walk to the site from the car park... but it is a derelict castle right next to the sea! Not going to see that very often. My family (wife and 2 teenage daughters) visited on a day when it was windy but the ruins did shelter us from the wind. After a while it did settle (somewhat) and we had our sandwiches on the rocks outside. Need to visit once for the experience.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 August 2023
  • CarolineWR
    279 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Extensive overgrown ruins with stunning sea views
    This was not on my original "castle tour", but we were persuaded by a local to add it & I'm so glad we did. Closest to real exploring that you can get: a hollow ruin on cliffs in a remote, wild & beautiful location that Health & Safety forgot. We visited on a gorgeous warm & sunny evening (access is 24/7) & even then it was suitably creepy! Easy, flat 1/2 mile walk from the car park. Castle is pretty overgrown & you do need to be careful, but as it was partially renovated & occupied in the 1920s it is possible to walk around the extensive overgrown internal corridors at ground floor level. No higher floors remain. Definitely the most atmospheric ruined castle we visited in Aberdeenshire. Spend some time sitting on the cliffs & imagine how Bram Stoker was inspired.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 September 2023
  • Samantha J
    Hamilton, Canada13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Huge beautiful castle ruins! It was an easy 20 minute walk from the bus station. There is nobody working there you just come and go as you please. It’s right on the edge of the cliffs so use common sense while exploring. Definitely worth the trip to Peterhead!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 September 2023
  • Venture61897559151
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool place, old ruins with no adult supervision, we loved it.
    The castle is in ruins but you're allowed full access, and parking, for free. More of a residential castle vs a fortress but still really cool. Well worth going to. No bathrooms or staff on site but access is allowed. Lots of birds along the cliff.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 May 2024
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Venture61897559151
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The castle is in ruins but you're allowed full access, and parking, for free. More of a residential castle vs a fortress but still really cool. Well worth going to. No bathrooms or staff on site but access is allowed. Lots of birds along the cliff.
Written 18 May 2024
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Samantha J
Hamilton, Canada13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Huge beautiful castle ruins! It was an easy 20 minute walk from the bus station. There is nobody working there you just come and go as you please. It’s right on the edge of the cliffs so use common sense while exploring. Definitely worth the trip to Peterhead!
Written 19 September 2023
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Jessica K
33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
The best castle! It is in ruins but still beautiful! Such beautiful views. You can climb on it and get great photos.
Written 13 September 2023
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CarolineWR
U.K.279 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This was not on my original "castle tour", but we were persuaded by a local to add it & I'm so glad we did. Closest to real exploring that you can get: a hollow ruin on cliffs in a remote, wild & beautiful location that Health & Safety forgot. We visited on a gorgeous warm & sunny evening (access is 24/7) & even then it was suitably creepy! Easy, flat 1/2 mile walk from the car park. Castle is pretty overgrown & you do need to be careful, but as it was partially renovated & occupied in the 1920s it is possible to walk around the extensive overgrown internal corridors at ground floor level. No higher floors remain. Definitely the most atmospheric ruined castle we visited in Aberdeenshire. Spend some time sitting on the cliffs & imagine how Bram Stoker was inspired.
Written 2 September 2023
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Pritesh M
Leamington Spa, UK718 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
This is an interesting place. No restroom, no safety precautions, no information and a long (ish) walk to the site from the car park... but it is a derelict castle right next to the sea! Not going to see that very often. My family (wife and 2 teenage daughters) visited on a day when it was windy but the ruins did shelter us from the wind. After a while it did settle (somewhat) and we had our sandwiches on the rocks outside.

Need to visit once for the experience.
Written 21 August 2023
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K S
27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Parked car at Crudeness Bay. Free parking and plenty of spare bays. Twenty min walk on coastal path to castle, slight incline. Spectacular views. Castle itself is in ruins. There were cars parked outside it but not in bays, on the grass. Spectacular drops from castle. Free to go in, no signs saying keep out or danger watch out. It’s all overgrown but the views kept us their for a good hour.
Written 17 August 2023
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Sandra B
Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire. United Kingdom143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
A lovely walk from Peterhead to this (free) coastal castle ruin, we did a loop walk from near the harbour to the castle then back along the ‘old road’ back to the town
Written 14 August 2023
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Jamie A
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
After a 1/2 mile easy walk, you turn the corner to see a stunning castle ruin perched on the cliffs. This isn’t a National Trust castle, so there is no fee or staff. So it feels more wild are free. We had the castle almost to ourselves which added to the allure. It was easy to see how this castle could inspire Dracula.
Written 9 August 2023
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Fiona B
Dundee, UK40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
This was stunning! Can see why it inspired Shelley to write dracula! Foreboding, eerie, dramatic perched on a cliff top!
Written 5 July 2023
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Bill C
Tours, France140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
What a wonderful experience. You can walk through centuries. The views are just magnificent. We managed to stay for two hours.
Written 8 June 2023
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