Drum Castle

Drum Castle is a masterclass in castle architecture – with a good old 14th century tower for the medievalists and a 17th century house for the modernists. It’s also one of the oldest continually occupied houses in Scotland, belonging to the Irvine family since the early 1300s by right of a charter from King Robert Bruce. It’s one of several major castles run by the National Trust for Scotland in Aberdeenshire, and is the oldest amongst them. It’s also one stop on the new Jacobite Trail, a network of 26 historic sites with links to the Jacobite Risings.