History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The castle stands on the south bank of the river, about 2 miles east of the royal residence of Balmoral Castle. It is composed of a rectangular block about 35 x 28 feet, with a round tower at the south-west corner. The fact that the walls are 4 feet thick speaks to the need for defence by the builders.
The layout of the building and the style of architecture suggest that it was constructed by the same builder as the Castle of Balfluig at Alford, which dates to 1556. Tradition suggests that the castle was originally surrounded by a moat, but no trace of this exists today. In the 18th century a long, low wing was added to the 16th-century structure.
On the lawn in front of the castle stands a late Bronze Age standing stone, about 6,5 feet high, 2.5 feet wide, and 1.25 feet thick.
Abergeldie's Resident Ghost
Like any self-respecting centuries-old Scottish house, Abergeldie Castle has a ghost story attached to it. The story revolves around a French serving woman named Catherine, or Kittie Rankie, or Frankie, otherwise known as French Kate. The unfortunate woman was accused of being a witch by her mistress, ostensibly because she told her mistress that her husband was seeing another woman.
Kate was imprisoned in the cellars before being burned at the stake on the hill called Craig-na-Ban, which overlooks the castle. Since that time, Kate's ghost has been seen in the cellars and in the clock tower.
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About Abergeldie Castle
Address: Abergeldie, Grampian, Scotland
Attraction Type: Castle
Photo Credit: Peter Gordon, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Kindrochit Castle - 8.4 miles (Castle)
Cambus O' May Suspension Bridge - 8.8 miles (Countryside)
Corgarff Castle - 9.1 miles (Castle)
Burn O' Vat - 9.4 miles (Countryside)
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