Structurally unchanged since its completion in 1626, Craigievar Castle is an exceptional tower house where Scottish baronial architecture reached its pinnacle. It has contemporary plaster ceilings in nearly all its rooms. The castle was continuously inhabited by the descendants of the builder, William Forbes, until it came under the care of the National Trust for Scotland in 1963. The family collection of furnishings is complete.
Some 6km (3 3/4 miles) south of the castle, clearly signposted on a small road leading off A980, near Lumphanan, is Macbeth's Cairn, where the historical Macbeth is believed to have fought his last battle. Built of timber in a rounded format known by historians as "motte and bailey," it's now nothing more than a steep-sided hillock marked with a sign and a flag.