Free car park is adjacent to the main road with a short walk across a bridge to the ticket office. Charge is £11 for adults. This includes a free shuttle ride to the castle, a hand held audio tour guide (additional £5 returnable deposit), access to the ballroom and grounds/gardens. You can also elect to do a number of marked walks in the hills within the grounds.
First impressions of the castle - it is really a lodge - are excellent. It is in a lovely setting surrounded by beautiful scenery.
The biggest disappointment is that you only get access to the ballroom and no other part of the castle. The ballroom contains a number of presentation cases plus a video running on a loop of an interview with the Queen - can't recall how old the video is but it is anything but current.
There is a walled garden which is worth a look as it is well set out and contains nice flowers, etc. It is a 'working' garden so don't expect spectacular displays, flower beds, etc.
Adjacent to the castle there are further displays housed in what I think are the old stables. Again, these are fairly average and not of the standard you would expect in a premier attraction.
We did one of the colour coded walks in the grounds which take you above the castle. These are of varying distances but the one we did took over an hour. This was one of the highlights of our visit as it took you to some old cairns dedicated to some of the earlier Royal Family. It also gave us great views of the surrounding countryside plus lovely views looking down on the castle. The route we took was a little steep in places but fairly easy walking - but would recommend sturdy shoes or walking shoes.
Staff - very helpful, friendly and an asset to the castle.
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