DiCamillo Companion

Craigievar Castle

  • Built / Designed For: William Forbes

    House & Family History: Craigievar is an L-shaped house tower house of seven stories with superb 16th century plasterwork. The House remained in the Forbes family from the 17th century, when it was built, until 1963, when it came into the ownership of the National Trust for Scotland. Queens Victoria, Mary (wife of George V), and the late Queen Mother (wife of George VI) visited Craigievar. There have been suggestions that Walt Disney's early film logo of a pink castle with fairytale turrets was inspired by Craigievar.

    Comments: Craigievar is considered one of the finest tower houses in Britain.

  • Country Life: XIX, 162, 1906. LXXXIII, 12 plan, 1938.

  • House Listed: Category A

    Park Listed: Listed

  • "The Last of the Blonde Bombshells" (2000 - TV movie).
  • Past Seat of: William Forbes, 17th century; William Forbes-Sempill, 19th Lord Sempill, 20th century; Forbes family here for 350 years, until 1962.

    Current Ownership Type: The National Trust for Scotland

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 01339-883-635

    Fax: 01339-883-280

    Website: http://www.nts.org.uk

    Historic Houses Member: No