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Scotland's Castle Trail -- Scotland's Castle Trail takes visitors on a tour of fairy-tale castles, imposing stately homes, magnificent ruins, and splendid public gardens. The only signposted route of its kind in Scotland, it guides motorists around rural Aberdeenshire. An accompanying leaflet highlights 11 of the finest properties, from the ruins of the 13th-century Kildrummy Castle and the elegant five-towered Fyvie Castle to two grand examples of the work of the 18th-century architect William Adam -- Duff House and Haddo House.

The leaflet also details other noteworthy sites, including Balmoral Castle, a royal home since Queen Victoria's day, and Pitmedden Garden, where the centerpiece Great Garden was laid out in 1675. You can get the leaflet, Scotland's Castle Trail, at local tourist offices or by calling tel. 0845/225-5121. Information can also be found on the Aberdeen and Grampian Tourist Board website (www.aberdeen-grampian.com).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.