GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Drum Castle Walk

3 miles (4.2 km)

This 13th century castle near Drumoakhas some lovely walking trails to follow through the grounds and surrounding woodland.
To the east of the castle you can try the farmland walk, while on the western side the Drumhill trail will take you through the Forest of Drum.
In the grounds you can visit the delightful Garden of Historic Roses and anarboretumcontaining trees from all regions of the 18th centuryBritish Empire. There's also little Robbie Rossie's Loch which lies just to the east of the castle.
The site is owned by the National Trust for Scotland who provide tours of the castle. Here you can see the medieval High Hall and the original charter sealed by Robert the Bruce. You can also visit the fabulous old library and climb the 700-year-old tower for wonderful views over the surrounding countryside.
To continue your walking in the area you could head west to Banchory and visit the splendid Crathes Castle. There's 600 acres of formal gardens, woodland and rolling countryside to explore on a number of footpaths. Also in Banchory you can visit the wonderful Falls of Feugh where you can watch the salmon leaping up the cascade.
To the north you will find Kirkhill Forest. There's miles of good waymarked trails with hill climbs and great viewpoints to be found here.
The Loch of Skene can also be found just to the north. It's a lovely peaceful place for birdwatching and easy strolls.


AB31 5EY - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Drum Castle OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Drum Castle Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head north west of the castle and you can visit the ancient Whitehills Stone Circle on the PitfichieForest Walk. Near here you'll find a historic local highlight at the National Trust's Castle Fraser in Inverurie. The stunning 15th century castle is surrounded by some beautiful gardens and landscaped grounds.
A little further west there's more local history at the 16th century Craigievar Castle. Here you can explore the attractive grounds of a pink fairytale castle, thought to have been the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Cinderella Castle.


The Rose Garden at Drum Castle - - 524831

The Rose Garden at Drum Castle

Drum Castle - - 396431

Drum Castle

Road leading to Drum Castle - - 590340

Road leading to Drum Castle

Cows in a field at Home Farm - - 617562

Cows in a field at Home Farm

Vintage Car at Drum Castle - - 96555

Vintage Car at Drum Castle

Drumhill Wood - - 524809

Drumhill Wood

Old Wood of Drum - - 618053

Old Wood of Drum

Robbie Rossie's Loch - - 590324

Robbie Rossie's Loch


GPS Files

GPX File

Drum Castle.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Drum Castle.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)