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Kincardine CastleKincardine O'Neil, Royal Deeside
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Kincardine CastleKincardine O'Neil, Royal Deeside

Sleeps - 23

Region - Aberdeen & Grampian

Salmon Fishing · Shooting

Entertainment · Walking / Hiking

Mobile coverage · Wifi

Fully Catered


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Kincardine CastleKincardine O'Neil, Royal Deeside

Sleeps - 23

Region - Aberdeen & Grampian

Salmon Fishing · Shooting

Entertainment · Walking / Hiking

Mobile coverage · Wifi

Fully Catered


Kincardine Castle is an ideal choice for your ‘exclusive use’ wedding, large family gathering or corporate group.  At Kincardine you’re looked after by the Laird and his wife and their staff who deliver first-rate hospitality.

Kincardine is one of Scotland’s finest Victorian Castles set in 3,000 acres of beautiful family estate in the heart of Aberdeenshire’s Royal Deeside.  Views from the castle extend up to 42 miles to the Cairngorm mountains. The property has extensive and lovely gardens for guests to enjoy.

The castle is available for a wide variety of corporate functions such as house parties, meetings and seminars, receptions, gourmet dinners and concerts. Visits by private parties of six or more guests are welcome and this is a great venue for weddings. This is also the Laird’s family home and guests will also enjoy the personal hospitality of the family who, through their great enjoyment of their beautiful home give you a unique insight into this magical world.

Entertaining Machine!
Kincardine Castle was built as an ‘entertaining machine’ – a job which it does as well today as it did then. Kincardine is a private house, not an hotel. It does need a minimum number to make the house party concept work and we only accept bookings from groups of six or more.

The special delight of Kincardine is the fact that you are not only entering a fine country house but that you are spending time with the Laird and his family. Your hosts, Andrew and Nicola Bradford are amusing, intelligent conversationalists, musical and cultured. They have great knowledge and experience of life in Kincardine and on the estate and you will certainly learn a great deal about events on a Scottish country estate. Above all, they love entertaining. After a recent 3-day seminar a delegate wrote that while they’d “held these meetings in 5-star exotic locations in the Caribbean and around the world the hospitality at Kincardine eclipsed them all.”

On a similar vein after a private group visit a guest wrote: “We shall never forget the extraordinary warmth of your welcome at Kincardine. You two are wonderful hosts and you spoilt us rotten. You have a very special house, and you have the great gift of being able to share it with people you’ve never met before, treat them as friends and make them feel completely at home.”

Food and wines are excellent.  Their cuisine is seriously good. Rupert was Chef-de-Partie at two separate Michelin-starred restaurants and his wife Louisa was Head Pastry Chef at Theo Randall. They both then moved to teach cookery at London’s Leiths School of Food & Wine where they met. Where possible the estate use local produce and the result is magnificent cuisine with the ambiance of a graceful dinner party.

Accommodation in the castle is let on a fully catered and staffed basis and rates quoted include – afternoon tea, a pre-dinner drink, a delicious 4-course dinner with 3 fine wines, a nightcap, bed and full cooked breakfast.

When you select Kincardine you are choosing exclusivity. The only people your party will share the house with are your hosts – relaxation, with privacy and discretion, is guaranteed.

A romantic setting whether indoors or out. Beautiful rooms, stunning gardens and grounds and we have a marquee site for the larger event.

The Drawing Room
The Drawing Room is a gloriously bright room – with six windows overlooking the gardens and a great panorama of Royal Deeside.

The Great Hall
This oak-panelled room has great atmosphere. In continuous use for house parties it can also be used for larger banquets seating up to 56. We’ve held marriages here and many happy receptions and parties.

The Dining Room
The Dining Room table seats 24 maximum but with additional tables this room can seat 42 (summer) or 36 (winter). The walls are hung with seriously lovely family portraits from the last 400 years.

The Board Room
This room, on the ground floor, is easily accessible for wheel-chairs. Bright and airy it provides an excellent quiet place for meetings. We can provide the usual meeting facilities.

We say...

Kincardine Castle is in a magnificent setting and enjoys breathtaking views over Royal Deeside and beyond. It is a fantastic venue for a special occasion and its owners, Andrew and Nikki Bradford will make you very welcome.



There are 16 comfortable bedrooms 13 with en-suite & 3 with private bathrooms.

The Bedrooms

The Chinese Bedroom
Single Room with en-suite bathroom with power-shower over bath. Full of old Chinese furniture the main feature is the extraordinary 18th century ‘drum’ bed. The only example we know of in the UK is in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

Twin bedded room with en-suite bathroom with power-shower over bath. Named after the decorator who in 1935 managed to put the wallpaper on inside out. Two comfortable single brass beds. Stunning view over Deeside.

The Garden Room
A family room sleeping 3 with en-suite bathroom with power-shower over bath. Two beds can be made into a super-king sized double. The two west-facing windows overlook our walled garden. The still-life oil paintings and other pictures keep the botanical theme going.

Old King Cole
Twin or double bedded room with en-suite bathroom with power-shower over bath. Before we made alterations to add the bathroom this room had Victorian wallpaper with an OKC theme, hence the name. The bathroom has fabulous ceramic tiles by William de Morgan. Lovely view.

The Tower Room
Twin bedded room with en-suite power-shower room. Perched high above the front door this room’s five window give astounding views from east to south-west across Deeside.

The Turret Room
Super-king double bed with en-suite bathroom and power-shower over bath. The twin turrets flank the bed which has a painted headboard formed from the overmantle which was removed from our Drawing Room in 1930. This room is a favourite.

The Bird Room
Twin or double-bedded room with en-suite bathroom and power-shower over bath. So called because of the birds on the wallpaper and not after the laird’s girlfriends before he married! Wonderful light room with great view. The bathroom has stunning ceramic tiles by William de Morgan.

The Queen’s Bedroom
Super-king double four-poster bed with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath. Named in honour of a private visit by members of the Royal Family in 1991. The Queen didn’t spend the night here as her own home is nearby. This room overlooks the entrance drive and five windows give views from north-east to south-west.

Maggies’s Room
Twin/Double bed with en-suite bathroom and power-shower over bath. This room faces south-east and is lovely and bright in the mornings. It has views over the woodland garden and fields. Maggie is my sister and this was her room when she grew up at Kincardine.

Nini’s Room
Single bedroom with wash basin and a private bathroom just along the passage. Not one of our main bedrooms it is perfectly comfortable nonetheless. Nini was my father’s batman (soldier servant).

Charlie’s Room
Charlie is our son and while he’s capable of rendering the room like a bomb-site in seconds it does ‘scrub up well’ for visitors. A double or twin-bedded room with en-suite bathroom and power-shower over bath. Lovely view and huge windows in bedroom and bathroom.

Edward’s Room
A Queen-sized double bedroom with en-suite shower room. The enormous champagne bottle has been made into a table lamp. It took us 65 minutes to polish off many years ago now.

The Housekeeper’s Room
Double (Queen size) 4-poster bedroom with en-suite shower room. On the ground floor with fewer stairs to climb than some.

The Butler’s Room
Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room. This room is suitable for the reasonably active disabled. The bathroom is a wet-room and has ample space. It just doesn’t have all the bars and handles. On the ground floor. To get up to the Principal Floor for dinners etc. requires a trip outside the castle, a trifle inconvenient but who would want to miss the party?

The Stranger Footman’s Room
A charming single bedroom with a private bathroom just along the passage. On the ground floor. Stranger Footmen were not even weirder than normal footmen – they were visiting staff brought by guests.

The Footman’s Room
Another charming single bedroom with a private bathroom just along the passage. On the ground floor.


Salmon fishing; game shooting; golf (40 courses within 30 miles); horse riding; walking; cycling and a range of team-building activities can be arranged at Kincardine or very nearby.

To See
Castles and gardens; grand houses; fine arts; whisky distilleries; wild life and the coastal cliffs; stone circles; all in wonderful scenery.

There are 35 courses within a 30-mile radius. Famous courses are Royal Aberdeen and Cruden Bay but charming Aboyne, just a few minutes away, is worth a visit.

Other activities include
Organised ‘team-building’ sessions with a variety of individual activities making up the day. The following are examples of activities which can be organised:
Clay Pigeon Shooting
Off-road 4WD Driving Instruction
Team Building Exercises
Land-Rover Safari / Estate Tour
Highland Games
Fly-fishing Instruction
JCB Digger Driving
Rifle Target Shooting
Quad & Mountain Biking
Cross Bow Shooting
Pilot Buggy Driving
Game Shooting – in season
Salmon Fishing – in season

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