I’m running my first ever 5k at Crathes Castle in Aberdeenshire in a few week’s time (is a sentence I still can’t believe I’m writing but that’s another story!). This weekend, I whetted my niche appetite for castles and exercise by venturing out to another Shire icon – Craigievar Castle – for sightseeing and forest trails.
Craigievar was built in the 15th century, and was extended from four to seven storeys about fifty years later – the extension is marked by the brown border and gargoyle features seen about two thirds of the way up. It’s thought to be the inspiration for Disney’s Cinderella castle, and although we didn’t find any Disney princes, the views of the castle and walks through the surrounding forest more than made up for it. As you’ve probably noticed, the castle’s unusual building includes some tiny windows, which may be a result of larger windows being bricked up to avoid paying the “window tax”. I couldn’t resist snapping one of these tiny windows at ground level, and ended up with an accidental mirror selfie that I’m sharing here for fun.