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“Lovely walk.”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Huntly Castle

Huntly Castle
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Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Huntly
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Huntly, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Lovely walk.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

If you want to make the most of your visit I recommend you park in Huntly Square and walk down towards the castle. You will walk past the war memorial, along an impressive avenue of Lime trees. Passing through the archway of the Simpson Building (part of the Huntly Secondary school) you should continue down the leafy Avenue until you arrive at Huntly Castle itself. (Anyone with young children may want to stop off at the Cooper Play park on the left)
Huntly castle is set in pleasant surroundings. Although it is a ruin, it has an impressive carved doorway and also a carved fireplace upstairs. (If you don't want to pay the entrance fee you can just admire its impressive facade from the Avenue, and continue on your walk.)
After your visit you can carry walking along the Avenue, bearing left to visit the river Deveron. There you will find another play park, a pebbly beach and a Nordic Ski centre (toilets and drink available, when it is open). After that you can either return the way you came or walk along the river bank . This is a pleasant walk at any time of year. After approx 30mins you will come to a bridge; go up the steps, take a left, then left again back into Huntly square (round trip perhaps 1 to 2 hours).

Visited August 2013
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Beware the Prison”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2013

Huntly Castle is accessed through a lovely arched gate down a path lined with trees which looked splendid with all its autum colour. Most of it is a ruin now but it was a baronial residence for 5 centuries. There are still 2 beautiful heraldic fireplaces to see and look out for the great inscriptions on the south front carved out by the 1st Marquiss. Go down to the Prison if you dare, it will freak you out !

Visited October 2013
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Quathiaski Cove, Canada
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“A lovely afternoon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2013

I enjoyed Huntly castle as much as any other castle we visited in Scotland. Although not the most fancy or spectacular, it was really the most enjoyable. We walked from the centre of town through a great arched gate, down a fabulous road through school yard fields and trees, passing a group of children dressed in medieval costume, for what event we do not know. The castle itself felt well looked after with a few remaining historically significant features. The grounds extend into trails along the river which make a nice loop walk back into Huntly.

Visited September 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Another cute little castle”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

Nothing too outstanding about this one, just another run down castle for Scotland. It's cute and has some nice history to it. The most interesting part was seeing the prison and imagining what it would have been like to be stuck down there. Unless you're in the area I would go out of my way to visit it though.

Visited October 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2013

This ruined castle has many features of interest to tourists. It is easily accessible and has good displays to outline the historical features of the castle

Visited September 2013
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