“A remarkable setting”

Luxury exclusive use castle in the Cairngorms National Park, sleeping 26 adults in 12 + 2 rooms


Whether you are flying, travelling by train or making your own way by car, Candacraig is easy to get to.

The castle is less than an hour’s drive from Aberdeen International Airport and slightly further from the city’s rail station, with its frequent services to and from other major UK cities. From the airport, take the A96 towards Inverness, turn left onto B979 towards Kirkton of Skene. Turn right onto A944 and stay on this road through the town of Alford until you reach the turn-off on the left for the A97 towards Strathdon. Continue straight onto the A944 signposted to Corgarff and Tomintoul. The gates to Candacraig are on your left, two miles past the village of Bellabeg.

In just under an hour you can arrive from Inverness Airport, heading south along the A9. Branch left onto the A938 for Carrbridge, left again onto the A95, then right onto the A939 before joining the A944 signposted for Strathdon.The gates to Candacraig are on your right hand side after about four miles.

If you are driving from Edinburgh Airport, take the M90 towards Perth, continue to the A93 North following the Old Military Road through the picturesque roads of Glenshee and Braemar. Turn left after Balmoral Castle onto the B976, left again onto the A939, then right onto the A944 signposted for Strathdon. The gates to Candacraig are on your right hand side after about four miles.

Local Area

Candacraig provides the perfect base from which to explore the area and is within an hour’s drive of both Aberdeen International and Inverness Airports. If you are looking for a golf holiday in Scotland or the finest fishing in Aberdeenshire, this is the place to stay.

Right on our doorstep is the picturesque village of Strathdon – home to the famous Lonach Gathering – the oldest Highland Games in Scotland. The day begins with the march of the Lonach Highlanders, when the pipe band leads just under two hundred men, kilted and armed with Lochaber axes, on a march to each of the notable houses of Strathdon, including Candacraig itself.

Candacraig is within easy reach of some of the world’s best salmon and trout fishing, over 50 golf courses ranging from stunning links to lush parkland venues, watersports, horse riding, mountain biking and hill walking, not to mention Scotland’s only dedicated Castle Trail. Discover 17 of Aberdeenshire’s most famous castles – from fairytale Crathes to the Queen’s Scottish home, Balmoral Castle, in nearby Royal Deeside. Candacraig provides quick access to Scotland’s Whisky Trail, with endless distilleries available to visit.

Sporting Interests

Aberdeenshire is famous for its sporting pursuits and Candacraig is no exception.

Guests can enjoy exclusive use of the 18 acre estate during their stay. Learn to fly fish on Candacraig's very own lochan or, for the more accomplished angler, there’s the thrilling prospect of casting your line in a private and secluded fishery on the celebrated River Don, with fishing equipment available to rent from a local ghillie. The property is set within the amazing Cairngorms National Park, where you can go enjoy hill walking, cycling, mountain biking and a vast array of active pursuits.