Scotland castle accommodation

Price
£2800To£4500 per week (sleeps 10)
Location
Turriff Aberdeenshire AB53 5PXSee map here
More info
We rent the Castle for a limited number of weeks (12) between May and October.
The price depends on the time of year.
Minimum stay 3 nights.
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Description of Scotland castle accommodation

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Scotland
Take the sleeper train from London and you wake up to everything that a Scotland vacation has to offer. Deserted mountains glistening with silvery thre...
Family
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Vacation information

Dietary requirements:
We can cater for vegetarian and vegan diets.

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

After many years working for WWF International around the world, environmental issues (water and wildlife mainly) are at the core of everything we do. As part of this we converted the castle's heating and hot water from oil to a super efficient Austrian biomass boiler that runs on chip wood produced from trees harvested from our own forests on the estate. The boiler heats the castle (and a cottage). We replant all trees that are harvested.

We have a lot of wildlife on the estate and these include a pair of nesting ospreys (20 mins walk from the house), pine martins, red squirrels, otters, roe deer, buzzards, sparrow hawks, wood peckers, etc etc

In order to support and increase our wildlife we have a number of initiatives to encourage habitat preservation and creation. The majority of our woodland was, in the 1950s and 1960s, planted in sitka spruce and so when we inherited the estate we slowly began increasing the amount of native broadleaf species on the estate. We have also created 5Km of mixed native species hedgerows and have restored and created a number of new wetland areas (ponds, marshes) to encourage biodiversity (water birds and plants) but also to provide ecosystem services (flood buffers). We have also fenced off areas of burn/ stream bank that we then selectively cut or graze with sheep to provide different habitats for wildlife.

We have had restoration plans approved by the local council to restore our 18th C stable complex into vacation apartments all designed to the highest eco- standards (triple glazing, rainwater harvesting, grey water recycling etc). Part of the restoration will be a cooking school (along the model of river cottage that will promote local produce etc). We also have building permission for 12 units (designed by an award-winning eco-architect). We hope that this will act as a model for other environmentally sustainable developments in the area.

We are currently preparing to carry out a carbon audit of the estate.

People

We believe that in order to survive and prosper we need to have an important place within, and be relevant to, the local community. We believe that if we thrive as a business, bringing in visitors to the area, this will help the local community, as our guests, as well as providing direct economic support for us and businesses we partner with, also have a positive economic impact for many non-related local businesses.

We directly and indirectly employ local people to help manage the estate and do the farming (we grow mainly malting barley for the local whiskey industry). We have partnered with a number of local businesses to provide extra services to guests (chef’s, whiskey tastings, beauty treatments, archery, outward bound courses, horse riding etc etc).

We are applying for a grant to create a network of paths around the estate so that local people (in particular school children) can have safe and enjoyable walks in nature.

We have made the estate available to local schools and scouts (though the Health and Safety requirements are making that harder). We try and get involved with local initiatives and charities whenever possible for example we have organised days out at our castle for a “young carers” charity (children who look after sick relatives) in Aberdeen. We have supported a local dance group (who wanted to make a video of their dancers). We are always open to other opportunities to help local charities.

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