The House from a circa 1919 postcard
The House from a circa 1925 postcard
House & Family History: Bram Stoker visited this part of Aberdeenshire in 1895. The famous Irish author lodged at a cottage near Cruden Bay and was very likely a guest at Slains Castle, which has, since its publication in 1897, been cited as Stoker's inspiration for the castle in his most famous novel, "Dracula."
John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: 2.S. Vol. II, p. 139, 1855.
House Listed: Category B
Park Listed: Not Listed
Past Seat / Home of: Francis Hay, 9th Earl of Erroll, 16th century; Hay family here until 1913. Sir John Ellerman, 1913-25.
Current Ownership Type: Corporation
Primary Current Ownership Use: Unoccupied
Ownership Details: Owned by Slains Partnership, who plan to convert the Castle into holiday flats.
House Open to Public: No
Historic Houses Member: No