Corgarff Castle

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Corgarff Castle
Badge of Clan Forbes
Near Corgarff in Scotland
Corgarff Castle viewed from the Lecht Road
Corgarff Castle viewed from the Lecht Road
Location in Scotland
Location in Scotland
Corgarff Castle
Location in Scotland
Coordinates57°9′46″N 3°14′3″W / 57.16278°N 3.23417°W / 57.16278; -3.23417Coordinates: 57°9′46″N 3°14′3″W / 57.16278°N 3.23417°W / 57.16278; -3.23417
Site information
OwnerHistoric Environment Scotland
Open to
the public
WebsiteHistoric Scotland
Site history
BuiltMid-16th century
Rebuilt in mid-18th century
Built byClan Forbes
In use16th Century-1831
EventsRazed in 1571 by Adam Gordon

Corgarff Castle is located at Corgarff, in Aberdeenshire, north-east Scotland. It stands by the Lecht road, which crosses the pass between Strathdon and Tomintoul.

The castle was built in the mid 16th century by the Forbes of Towie. In 1571 it was burned by their enemy, Adam Gordon of Auchindoun, resulting in the deaths of Lady Forbes, her children, and numerous others, and giving rise to the ballad Edom o Gordon. After the Jacobite risings of the 18th century, it was rebuilt as a barracks and a detachment of government troops were stationed there, on the military road from Braemar Castle to Fort George, Inverness. Military use continued as late as 1831, after which the tower served as a distillery and housed local workers. It remained part of the Delnadamph estate belonging to the Stockdale family until they passed the castle into state care in 1961 and gave the ownership of the castle to the Lonach Highland and Friendly Society.

It is now in the care of Historic Environment Scotland and is open to the public.[1] It has been designated a scheduled ancient monument.[2]


  1. ^ "Corgarff Castle". RCAHMS. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Corgarff CastleSM90080". Historic Environment Scotland. Retrieved 8 September 2017.

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