Craigievar is in the pink!

Craigievar Castle near Alford is making its final preparations to reopen to the public
Craigievar Castle near Alford is making its final preparations to reopen to the public

Craigievar Castle near Alford is making its final preparations to reopen to the public.

The pink-hued castle which was completed in the 17th century is one of Scotland’s most picturesque places and is rumoured to have provided the inspiration for Disney’s famous pink castle.

After undergoing extensive repairs in 2008 and 2009, the National Trust castle, which was once the home of the Forbes-Semphill family, was officially re-opened by His Royal Highness the Prince Charles, the Duke of Rothesay in June 2010.

Property Manager Alison Burke said: “Craigievar Castle is an absolute gem. Perfect for aspiring knights and princesses of all ages, it is the place to come and practice your Royal wave.

The castle is packed with the history of one of Aberdeenshire’s oldest and most influential families and the woodland trail is beautiful throughout the year with lots of wildlife to spot.

It’s a fascinating place to visit and we hope to welcome many visitors over the coming months.”

The castle is the venue for some Easter fun, as it hosts a Cadbury Easter Egg Trail from Saturday 7 until Monday 9 April.

A new group has been established in support of Craigievar Castle – the Friends of Craigievar had its inaugural meeting on Thursday, March 22.

Anyone interested in getting involved, should contact 0844 4932174.

The castle reopens on 1 April.

For full details and opening times, visit www.nts.org.uk.