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There are two castle ruins just outside Peterhead:

Inverugie Castle (Grid Ref NK102483) is in a rather dangerous condition, and being in the village of Inverugie itself, it has been fenced off from the public. It is accessible by escort only with prior arrangement with the owners who live in the adjacent properties.

Ravenscraig Castle (Grid Ref NK095488) is in an equally dangerous condition, perhaps more so given that it is much taller and on high ground making it a rather more imposing, towering ruin. However, as it is on a riverbank away from the well-trodden public path, it hasn't been fenced off so access isn't a problem, but do be careful!

Old Slains Castle (Grid Ref NK055300) is further away but well worth a visit. It is in a stunning isolated location on a rocky headland, yet now has a handful of more modern homes to keep it company. On the lane between Whinnyfold and Collieston is a sign to Mains of Slains farm. Follow the farm track straight through the farmyard and turn left after the farm buildings. This rougher track takes you all the way to the old castle ruin and the nearby homes where you can turn and park the car.

Buchan Field Club - Saturday, 4th August, 1888.
History books about NE Scotland


Inverugie Castle
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Ravenscraig Castle
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Old Slains Castle
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