Overview

Located in one of Scotland’s finest sporting estates, Gordon Castle is an exclusive use venue available for weddings, events and corporate hire.

Set the heart of beautiful Speyside in the Highlands of Scotland, we offer a range of high-quality services for our discerning guests. Our family owned 15th Century castle is available for exclusive use, fully staffed, or you can stay with us self- catering in one of our beautifully rustic and well equipped holiday cottages.

Gordon Castle’s ancient tower, manicured grounds and magnificent eight-acre Walled Garden make it the perfect setting for the classic Scottish castle wedding. Our fully equipped conference rooms provide the ideal corporate venue in the Scottish Highlands for conferences, meetings and client entertainment. We offer an array of traditional country sports including eight miles of fly-fishing beats with ghillie support on the world renowned River Spey. All our guests are looked after by our dedicated team of staff who will deliver tailor made itineraries to suit your individual requirements.


Today
Today’s opening hours

Every day all year: 10am to 5pm (4pm in winter) every day.

Gardens and café only. Castle viewable by appointment.

Opening
Opening

2020

Gardens and café

Every day all year: 10am to 5pm (4pm in winter) every day.

Castle

Only viewable by appointment.

Find Us
Find us

Gordon Castle Estate is conveniently situated for access by car, air, rail and bus, from Aberdeen, Inverness, Perth and beyond. The main entrance to Gordon Castle is situated at the western end of the village of Fochabers on the A96, approximately nine miles east of Elgin and twelve miles west of Keith. 

Moray is served by the Inverness to Aberdeen mainline currently operated by Scotrail. There are town centre railway stations at Nairn, Forres, Elgin and Keith. Connections to the Central Belt and onward to England can be made at both Inverness and Aberdeen stations. Local bus services in Moray are operated by Stagecoach and most services radiate out of Elgin Bus Station. Stagecoach and Megabus operate frequent limited-stop services to Aberdeen and Inverness including airp
ort stops.

  • Offers bike storage
Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free.

The garden and café is open all year round.

The castle is not open to visitors and only open by appointment.

More admission details

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

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Invitation to Stay

Located in one of Scotland’s finest sporting estates, Gordon Castle is an exclusive use venue available for weddings, events and corporate hire. Set the heart of beautiful Speyside in the Highlands of Scotland, we offer a range of high-quality services for our discerning guests. Our family owned 15th Century castle is available for exclusive use, fully staffed, or you can stay with us in one of our beautifully rustic and well-equipped holiday cottages.

Gordon Castle Sitting Room


Gordon Castle’s ancient tower, manicured grounds and magnificent eight-acre Walled Garden make it the perfect setting for the classic Scottish castle wedding. Our fully equipped conference rooms provide the ideal corporate venue in the Scottish Highlands for conferences, meetings and client entertainment. We offer an array of traditional country sports including eight miles of fly-fishing beats with ghillie support on the world-renowned River Spey. All our guests are looked after by our dedicated team of staff who will deliver tailor made itineraries to suit your individual requirements.

Weddings

Looking for the perfect Scottish castle wedding, private use of the Gordon family church or exclusive use of fabulous grounds for a marquee celebration? Give married life the perfect start at glorious Gordon Castle as you rejoice in your wedding ceremony, capture the emotions in  photographs,  revel in your reception and dance the evening away – all in one exceptional location.
 
The Castle is perfect for intimate weddings for up to forty guests where our exceptional chef will produce your bespoke wedding breakfast.  If you are having a larger affair, we are happy to provide details of specialist caterers to suit all sizes of budget, but we have no fixed supplier – the choice of caterer is yours.


Accommodation

The Castle is available for exclusive hire on a fully catered basis. 8 double/twin rooms are furnished to the highest standard of luxury with 2 further single bedrooms also available. Each bedroom has its own luxury bathroom. 3 holiday cottages are also available on a self catering basis on the estate.


Today
Today’s opening hours

Every day all year: 10am to 5pm (4pm in winter) every day.

Gardens and café only. Castle viewable by appointment.

Opening
Opening

2020

Gardens and café

Every day all year: 10am to 5pm (4pm in winter) every day.

Castle

Only viewable by appointment.

Find Us
Find us

Gordon Castle Estate is conveniently situated for access by car, air, rail and bus, from Aberdeen, Inverness, Perth and beyond. The main entrance to Gordon Castle is situated at the western end of the village of Fochabers on the A96, approximately nine miles east of Elgin and twelve miles west of Keith. 

Moray is served by the Inverness to Aberdeen mainline currently operated by Scotrail. There are town centre railway stations at Nairn, Forres, Elgin and Keith. Connections to the Central Belt and onward to England can be made at both Inverness and Aberdeen stations. Local bus services in Moray are operated by Stagecoach and most services radiate out of Elgin Bus Station. Stagecoach and Megabus operate frequent limited-stop services to Aberdeen and Inverness including airp
ort stops.

  • Offers bike storage
Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free.

The garden and café is open all year round.

The castle is not open to visitors and only open by appointment.

More admission details

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes

Other opening

WALLED GARDEN

Our garden and children's play area is open daily from 10am until 4pm. Included in the ticket price is entry to our education room and a guided tour with one of our gardeners (minimum 10 people to qualify for group tour), please phone us at 01343 612312 or email Ed our Head Gardener at headgardener@gordoncastlescotland.com to book. Please note we do charge an entry fee for the garden and the children’s play area. This is to help us with our ongoing restoration project to restore one of Britain’s largest and oldest Walled Gardens. Read about our journey here. 

Garden entry | £3.00 (Nov - March) £6.00 (April - Oct) - under 16s free. Concessions will receive £1 off the full rate.
Children's play entry | £2.00 (Nov- March) £3.00 (April - Oct) entry per child (free up to 12 months) – supervising adults free
Dogs are welcome as long as they are well-behaved and kept on leads!

SALMON FISHING

Gordon Castle offers the ideal venue for a fishing holiday in the Scottish Highlands. We manage eight miles of double bank fly-fishing on the world renowned River Spey, one of the “big four” Scottish salmon rivers, and our catches of salmon and sea trout are amongst the most prolific in Scotland. All our fishing holidays are individually tailored to your requirements, include ghillie support, and can be arranged with excellent fully catered or self-catering accommodation.

Find out more about Salmon Fishing here


Gordon Castle's history and features

Completed as one of Scotland’s largest houses in the 1770s by the Duke of Gordon, Gordon Castle is the historical home of the Gordons, one of Scotland’s oldest families. The estate nestles in the Spey valley, in the heart of whisky country, with a stretch of the Spey River running through the estate, which boasts some of the best salmon fishing in the world.

The castle was used during the Great War as an auxiliary hospital for soldiers returning from the front and was then sold back to the Crown in 1938 following two successive deaths leaving the family with unmanageable death duties to pay. It fell into disrepair before being ‘rescued’ by war hero and much loved soldier Lieutenant General Sir George Gordon Lennox (grandson of the 7th Duke of Richmond and Gordon) after World War Two. He was forced to knock down much of the original house due to dry and wet rot, but he and his wife began the loving restoration, which Angus Gordon Lennox (Grandson of Sir George) and his wife Zara, continue today.

Upon arrival they decided that an estate of such historical importance and significance had to be brought into the 21st century and was in dying need of renovation. The traditional activities of farming, accommodation and fishing are not enough to sustain it in the long term. A major diversification programme was needed. It was decided that the once traditional sporting Estate was to be transformed into a multi-faceted attraction for the community and visitors alike.

Find out more about their history here