Slains Castle

Slains Castle, Aberdeen: Hours, Address, Slains Castle Reviews: 4.5/5

Slains Castle
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Erected in 1597, this is one of the most famous castle ruins in Scotland, and was used by Bram Stoker as the inspiration for the castle of the evil vampire in his most famous supernatural tale "Dracula."
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Chester S
Glasgow, UK439 contributions
Beautiful
Oct 2021
The access path from the harbour is lovely but can be a bit muddy. There is another higher up one which is probably drier. Once at the castle, and on the approaches, the views are stunning. Fascinating building. Well worth the 10 minute trek.
Written 21 October 2021
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Azimuth Images
Derby, UK18 contributions
Amazing place with no access restrictions
Oct 2021
For a photographer and lover of all things abandoned this is as close as you get to heaven. I appreciate many reviews point out the lack of fences, safety barriers and railings but quite frankly if you come to an abandoned ruin that's what it is - an abandoned ruin. If you want sanitised with informative labels, fences and a twee little shop selling tat then this is not the place for you.

If on the other hand you want to be left alone to explore, go up or down as many spiral staircases as you fancy, up towers and down basements then this really is the place for you.

Got some fabulous photos, some cool drone video and stills and we were literally the only people there.

Use sense - treat the location with respect, don't be stupid and you'll love it. I truly hope it never gets turned into an 'attraction' as that really would ruin it.
Written 17 October 2021
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Sean B
Godalming, UK17 contributions
Castle experience
Aug 2021 • Couples
Great free castle to visit, a 20min walk from the car park which can get busy. Lovely views and interesting to hear it was the location that inspired the author of Dracula and it certainly has a spooky feel with the mist coming in from the coast.
Written 27 August 2021
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IanCleddy
Baldock, UK242 contributions
Worth a visit
Jul 2021 • Couples
Bit of a hike but worth the walk. Careful with the cliffs. Scared the crap put of me as I leaned put a window. A little hike but worth it as it’s history. 20 minutes there a little less back
Written 17 August 2021
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Taylor R
St. Andrews, UK91 contributions
Best Ruins Visited!
Jun 2021
By far one of the coolest ruins I have visited! You are able to climb all through the dilapidated ruins and explore. Visintg makes you want to pull out your pen and paper and be inspired like so many classic authors have been before!
Written 29 June 2021
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Jovita L
Stalham, UK319 contributions
Great views to rocky cliffs
Jun 2021 • Couples
Great castle ruins, dangerous too, as not very secure, no staff to keep an eye, one floor length window was exposed and led straight down the cliff. Be cautious. Views to cliffs around are amazing, lots of loud seagulls, seemed like their breeding spot. Long walk from a small car park to castle, dogs must be kept on leads for safety. Lots of steep cliffs
Written 26 June 2021
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Gemgem0604
Stoke-on-Trent, UK42 contributions
A very very neat picnic area
May 2021 • Couples
We visited on the 27th May 2021. 0.7 mile walk from the carpark to the castle, only accessible by foot. Very scenic, we had a picnic here on the cliff edge, very nice, romantic and relaxed. No toilets available. Not a lot of information about the place. We spent about an hour here
Written 28 May 2021
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Torkm68
Pitmedden, UK908 contributions
Atmospheric Ruins
Jan 2021
This atmospheric ruin can be found at the end of a 1km walk from the centre of Cruden Bay where there is parking and public toilets available. The castle sits on the edge of the sea cliffs and on a cold snowy day like our visit in January the location is evocative with the wind howling through the open windows and the waves crashing on the rocks below. It is easy to see how the Dracula author Bram Stoker took inspiration for the vampires castle in Transylvania from the eerie Slains , Stoker holidayed in Cruden Bay before the castle fell into ruin so would have seen the complete structure.
This is not a well cared for building and nature has taken its toll but there is plenty left to fire the imagination of young and old as you explore the rooms and halls , care is needed in the castle but also more importantly on the cliff tops where unfortunately there have been a few tragic accidents over the years
Written 14 March 2021
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Jamie S
Mamou, LA274 contributions
Amazing castle with unbelievable viewa
Sep 2020 • Friends
In area and castle was recommended to stop and visit. Was a short walk from the car park to get to and was well worth it. Well worth a stop to visit.
Written 23 September 2020
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LJM
4 contributions
Absolutely Stunning - a must see!
Aug 2020
A ruined castle with the most amazing views! The castle is situated at a cliff edge but on a nice sunny day, you cannot beat the view from here!

The castle itself still has a lot to offer for you to go around and see. (it is a bit grubby in some of the deeper down rooms with litter)

Written 17 September 2020
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