Slains Castle in Aberdeen

Are you a fan of historic architecture? Slains Castle is an old castle that was built in 1594. Due to neglect the castle is now empty and is free to visit and wander around at your leisure. walk around all the rooms and get a sense of its magnitude from how it once was. The castle was originally built as a fortress back in 1200 but was later destroyed. 

Where is Slains castle? 

Along with the cliff faces of Cruden Bay

As the story goes the writer Bram Stocker of the world-famous book Dracula had visited Slains castle, he was said to be so inspired by the castle that it is where he set the basis for his book. Bram stayed in a nearby hotel while writing the book and in early drafts had it that Dracula came across the sea from Transylvania and came among the shores of Cruden Bay (This was later changed to Whitby in Yorkshire). So if you are in the area this is definitely a place to visit for its beautiful views along the coast and its rich history. 

  • Free entry
  • Free Car parking
  • Dog friendly

Slains Castle

Cruden Bay
AB42 0NE

Add this activity to your list

Click 'Stack' - to bookmark things you would like to do


Be one of the first to add a review!

Please register or log in

Your email will never be passed on to anyone else and helps us validate reviews - many thanks!

Things to do nearby

5 miles

Prison Museum Aberdeen

Looking for a different type of museum experience? At Peterhead, they have converted an old prison into a museum. The prison was built around 1888 and was open until 2013. While you explore the prison you ...
7 miles

Axe Throwing in Aberdeen

Jac’s Axe Throwing Range provides visitors the feeling of pure satisfaction when they sink their first axe into a target! If you have ever wanted to try axe throwing but aren’t sure where to do it, ...
7 miles

Flying Lessons in Aberdeen

In Aberdeen and looking for an aerial adventure? At AberdeenAir you can pilot a Piper Warrior aircraft to a location of your choosing and a time that perfectly suits you – flying hours begin at 9am, ...
15 miles

Can you eat the Brucklay Arms One Foot Burger?

Standing at one foot tall and comprising brioche buns, crispy bacon, four Aberdeen Angus steak burgers, cheese, tomatoes and onion rings – which all adds up to a staggering 4,000 calories – the meaty Brucklay Arms ...
19 miles

Bubble Football in Aberdeen

He shoots … he scores! And while wearing an inflatable bubble! Now, that is impressive. Up in Aberdeen, you can play bubble soccer with all your friends for anywhere between one hour and two hours. Split ...
20 miles

Kings Links Golf Course in Aberdeen

Playing on a links course is one of the most enjoyable things an avid gofer can do, and playing at the Kings Links Golf Course in Aberdeen is no exception! Pack up your clubs and come ...
20 miles

Ice Skating in Aberdeen

Swish~ Swish~ Have you always wanted to try ice skating but can’t find anywhere that’s open when you want to go? Well, up in Aberdeen, there’s a rink that’s always open! Monday to Sunday, Sports Aberdeen ...
20 miles

Indoor Rock Climbing in Aberdeen

Are you looking for the perfect introduction to indoor climbing? The team at Transition Extreme offer a brilliant climbing wall course perfect for all interested in rock climbing! The company’s focus is on supporting youth to ...
20 miles

Indoor Skatepark in Aberdeen

Are you a thrill chaser that is wanting to try to learn something new? Well, why not try skating? Down at Transition Extreme, they have a large indoor skatepark that is welcomed to all. The park ...
20 miles

Transition Extreme Aberdeen

Transition Extreme, based in Aberdeen, provides the perfect introduction to indoor climbing and is recognised by Mountaineering Scotland as a Regional Hub. Their superb facilities for skateboarding, BMX, inline skating, high rope course and climbing, provide ...
20 miles

Amusement Park in Aberdeen

Looking for a fun place to take the entire family too? Cadonas Aberdeen is a large amusement park with a wide variety of activities for all ages. The main attraction is the amusement park with an ...
20 miles

Codona’s Amusement Park in Aberdeen

Calling out to all thrill seekers! Come and take a ride at Codona’s Amusement Park in Aberdeen! This family friendly amusement park and carnival has been keeping its guests entertained for over 50 years with fantastic ...