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National Trust for Scotland, Fyvie Castle

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Ghosts, legends and folklore are all woven into the tapestry of Fyvie Castle’s 800-year history. A long-standing tradition claimed that the Castle’s five successive families – Preston, Meldrum, Seton, Gordon and Leith – each added a tower to this magnificent Scottish baronial fortress. Sadly this is not the case, although the names remain. You can see their influences today among the medieval stones and the lavish Edwardian interiors, and imagine what castle life must have been like for the families and their royal guests – among them Robert the Bruce, Edward I and Charles I. Fyvie holds one of the richest portrait collections in Scotland, including works by Batoni, Romney, Gainsborough, Opie, Lawrence and Hoppner. The Castle also boasts one of the largest collections of Raeburn's work in the world. There’s an equally impressive collection of fine furniture, tapestries, arms and armour throughout the Castle’s vast chambers, and a great stone wheel-stair, which is the finest of its kind in Scotland.

Turriff, Aberdeenshire AB53 8JS Scotland

0844 4932181

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