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Scotland Castle Trails Accommodation Base

We are planning to spend 3 nights in Aberdeenshire, can you suggest a good central location to stay, that would be easy accessible to visit some of the castles on the castle trail. Thank you. Eliza

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A look at the map suggests Huntly, Inverurie, or Aberdeen itself. Or go on a limb out to Stonehaven.

Will you be having a car?

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Yes we will have a car. This is our second visit and here our draft itinerary. I have 1 additional night and I keep going back/forth to where we should stay (Skye, Inverness or Aberdeen)

  • 2 nights Glenfinnan
  • 2 nights Skye
  • 1 night Lewis
  • 1 night Inverness
  • 3 nights Aberdeen
  • 2 nights Pitlochry
  • 2 nights Melrose
  • 3 nights Edinburgh
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Based on your itinerary, drop Lewis. Unless your tastes extend to long times on a CalMac car ferry you will not be doing the islands justice. The rest looks doable.

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We know people in Portknockie and their son recommended Jury's Inn in Aberdeen to us (we are going in 2 weeks). I think Aberdeen is probably a good base for some of the castles we wish to see. For us, the decision will be to rent a car in Edinburgh for 5 days or bus to Aberdeen and rent a car there for three.