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Work to save Abergeldie Castle after it was almost washed into the River Dee. Pictures by Kenny Elrick and Kami Thomson

from the Guardian

Queen's neighbours at historic Scottish castle forced to flee floods

Abergeldie Castle is a four-floor tower house located near Crathie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It is protected as a category A listed building. The castle was built around 1550.


Abergeldie Castle, Scotland. Kittie Rankie was burnt as a witch at the top of a nearby hill. Her ghost haunts the castle and the surrounding land.


Queen Elizabeth II with Princess Anne, Prince Charles and their nurse, Helen Lightbody, at a stall during a Sale of Work event in Abergeldie Castle, near Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire. They are raising funds for the building of a new vestry at Craithie Church.


Abergeldie Castle, Grampian, Scotland is an historic probably mid-16th century tower house, beside the River Dee. The most likely builder was Sir Alexander Gordon of Midmar, later Earl of Huntly. The fact that the walls are 4 feet thick speaks to the need for defense by the builders. The castle was used briefly as a garrison for royal troops during the first Jacobite uprising in 1715, and later it was leased to succesive generations of the royal family, beginning with Prince Albert in 1848.