Forts to Fairies, a Deeside Story
Driving through beautiful mid Deeside we trace the evolution of the Scottish castle from wooden ‘keep’, to stone tower house, to baronial country residence, setting the scene with an Iron Age hill fort and crannog (man-made island), the ‘castles’ of earlier ages. Along the way, we also visit the impressive granite cauldron and waterfall at Burn o’ Vat and a stone circle dating from the earlier peaceful Bronze Age, peek into the real Macbeth’s life and death and end up at the beautifully restored and iconic Craigievar and Drum Castles.
As we travel, we’ll look at the way in which the landscape changed over the centuries of our journey, from primeval forest and bog to the managed land of today.
Visits to: Burn o’Vat Visitor Centre and viewpoint (to view the crannog); Burn o’Vat waterfall; Tomnaverie Stone Circle (to view hill fort); Peel Ring of Lumphanan castle mound; Macbeth’s Stone and Cairn (view from road); Craigievar Castle; Drum Castle and rose garden.