Castle Trail is pride of Aberdeenshire

Fyvie Castle is just one of the gems of Aberdeenshire's Castle Trail

Fyvie Castle is just one of the gems of Aberdeenshire's Castle Trail

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SCOTLAND’S historic Castle Trail has been promoted on VisitScotland’s official Facebook page, resulting in over 2,500 ‘likes’, more than 600 ‘shares’ and over 60 comments.

VisitScotland recently included details of the Aberdeenshire-based Castle Trail on its Facebook page and visitors from all over the world responded with their comments, under an image of Aberdeenshire’s Drum Castle.

One comment reads: “Heading to Scotland for the first time towards the end of the year...this makes me want to be there now!!!” And another adds: “How cool! I lived in Scotland as a teenager with my family, and this is one of the castles we visited! Brings back memories...”

There are more castles per acre in Aberdeenshire than anywhere else in the UK, providing a wealth of history to explore; from gruesome tales of battles fought, to strolls through romantic family estates. Coming in all shapes and sizes, each castle holds a different story to tell, from striking cliff-top ruins to grand fortresses and royal residences in the countryside.

One of the region’s most famous castles, Dunnottar, was used by Disney Pixar as inspiration for Castle DunBroch in their 2012 blockbuster Brave. The Castle, which was nominated as Scotland’s entry by VisitScotland following a Facebook poll, is currently in the top ten out of 350 entries in a Virtual Tourist competition to be crowned 8th Wonder of the World.

Aberdeenshire is home to Scotland’s only dedicated Castle Trail; a selection of 17 unique castles. Visitors can experience the romance and history of these restored family castles, ruins and stately homes, by simply following the route. With its distinctive white on brown signs and a blue castle logo, which leads visitors through the heart of Aberdeenshire, it couldn’t be a simpler day out.

VisitScotland Regional Director, Shona Anderson, said: “The Castle Trail is incredibly popular with visitors from across the globe and it is no surprise that it has received so much interest on our Facebook page.

“In 2013, the Year of Natural Scotland, why not learn about the natural wonders around the sites on Scotland’s Castle Trail? Several castles include beautifully-maintained formal gardens and extensive estates.”