Photo Journal – Slains Castle, Aberdeenshire

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Setting off from Aberdeen on our coastal leg of the North East 250 road trip, our first stop was Slains Castle just beyond Cruden Bay. It’s said to have inspired Bram Stoker when writing ‘Dracula’.

We took the boys in search of vampires, just like in CBBC’s Scream Street, for a blustery morning in Aberdeenshire.

Approaching the ruined castle

Keeping a keen eye out for vampires

A room with a view

A bit blustery – Mr Husband ‘frolics’ in sea foam

Slain Castle foam floats in the air

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slains Castle is woefully lacking any signage, but follow your nose, up a dirt track, just beyond Cruden Bay. You can see the ruins in the distance. Children cannot be left unsupervised here – the notion of ruins on a clifftop says it all, but they’ll have a fab wee adventure.

Our Story – We drove from Aberdeen to Slains Castle, before continuing on the North East 250 route (more info to come). We carried on to Peterhead for lunch at the Harbour Spring, before overnighting at the Banff Springs Hotel in Banff (review to come).

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March 22, 2018

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26 Comments

  1. Reply

    Josh

    March 18, 2018

    Ture the title.. liked the costume of the little vampire hunter☺️

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      scots2travel

      March 20, 2018

      Cosy tots are quiet tots! I prefer that to the ‘Can I go back to the Car, I’m COOOOOOLD variety’. 🙂

  2. Reply

    Kara

    March 19, 2018

    Slains Castle sounds like the perfect place for an adventure

    • Reply

      scots2travel

      March 20, 2018

      Especially mini adventures 🙂

  3. Reply

    fashionandstylepolice

    March 19, 2018

    Love the sound of the Slain’s Castle. Sounds great.

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    Rachel

    March 19, 2018

    Wow what a beautiful castle and place to visit – love the photo ‘a room with a view’ – stunning!

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      scots2travel

      March 20, 2018

      Thank you. The castle’s not that far from me, but I’ve never visited before. A real incentive to visit what’s on your doorstep.

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    Steph Renovation Bay-Bee

    March 19, 2018

    That castle looks amazing, my son who loves history would love to visit that

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      scots2travel

      March 20, 2018

      The added sense of rawness and danger would probably also appeal. I certainly wouldn’t like to be there after dark!

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    Emily Leary

    March 20, 2018

    I love the ‘room with a view’ photo. I’m now off to find out more about the history of Slains Castle!

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      scots2travel

      March 20, 2018

      Thanks. It was hugely atmospheric. Happy researching!

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    Cathy

    March 22, 2018

    It looks an amazing place to explore, slightly eerie. Great photos x

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      scots2travel

      March 22, 2018

      Eerie is a good word for it. And that’s in bright sunshine, would not like to be anywhere near the place after dark!

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    Cultural Wednesday

    April 6, 2018

    So annoying when there are no signs, or even worse signs that peter out at the final moment. Those cliff top ruins do look very atmospheric, you can see how they would inspire great fiction. Thank you for linking up to #CulturedKids

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      scots2travel

      April 6, 2018

      I actually wonder if nobody signposts it as it might somehow make an organisation/council liable for any accidents i.e. encouraging people to visit. It is a ruin after all!

      • Reply

        Cultural Wednesday

        April 6, 2018

        Very true!

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    oregongirlaroundtheworld

    April 7, 2018

    Reminds me of the Abbey ruins down in Whitby, North Yorkshire – which is also claims ties to Bram and his vampires. Love the moody coast atmosphere and my older kids would like the “treasure hunt” to find the place, IF it weren’t terribly cold. I can picture Brad Pitt here. 😉 Cheers from Denmark, where our “ghosts” are those ghastly Vikings. *wink, wink. #CulturedKids

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      scots2travel

      April 7, 2018

      We’ll be in Yorkshire in July so I’ll look up the ruins just in case we’re in that vicinity. Thank you.

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    Nell (Pigeon Pair and Me)

    April 8, 2018

    I do love those sea foam pics! #CulturedKids

    • Reply

      scots2travel

      April 9, 2018

      A bit Ibiza-esque!

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    Trish @ Mum's Gone To

    April 9, 2018

    I love hearing about all these fantastic Scottish driving routes. My husband’s uncle, who is still driving safely in his 80s, has just completed the North Coast 500 and the South West Coastal 300. Look forward to reading more about this one – my husband mentioned a while ago he fancied doing it.
    #culturedkids

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      scots2travel

      April 9, 2018

      This one is half the length of the 500, being 250, so ideal perhaps for those looking to drive shorter distances. It still ticks all the Scottish boxes, moreso in fact, as it includes Balmoral Castle, the whisky distilleries of Speyside, and the coastal route from Buckie to Aberdeen. Perhaps best to book a hotel and cut down the driving on the Speyside leg!

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    Mandi

    April 16, 2018

    It looks like such a beautiful place to visit! #CulturedKids

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      scots2travel

      April 17, 2018

      We’re definitely spoiled when it comes to castles!

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    Mandi

    April 16, 2018

    Aberdeen looks like such a great place to visit. I would really love to take my kids and dog to Scotland. #CulturedKids

    • Reply

      scots2travel

      April 17, 2018

      Ideal territory for family (and a dog too).

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