Whoever you are, whatever you seek, it all starts here.

  • Basic information
  • (£). 0
    (£). 5,000,000
  • Address
  • or  
  • Details
  • -
  • Amenities
  • General Amenities
    Cable Internet
    Cable TV
    Electric Hot Water
    Sprinkler System
    Wood Stove
    Satellite Dish
    Water Softener
    Owners Accommodation
    Public Toilets
    Walk In Pantry
    alcohol licence
    Laundry Room
    Accessibility Amenities
    Handicap Facilities
    Wheelchair Ramp
    Appliance Amenities
    Garbage Disposal
    Grill Top
    RO Combo Gas/Electric
    Trash Compactor
    Community Amenities
    Swimming Pool
    Tennis Court
    Football ground
    Energy Savings Amenities
    Gas Hot Water
    Gas Fireplace
    Gas Stove
    Pellet Stove
    Propane Hot Water
    Wood Stove
    Exterior Amenities
    Fruit Trees
    Boat Slip
    Covered Patio
    Exterior Lighting
    Open Deck
    RV Parking
    Spa/Hot Tub
    Interior Amenities
    Central Air
    Carpet Throughout
    Central Vac
    Jacuzi Tub
    Landscape Amenities
    Security Amenities
    Burglar Alarm
    Sprinkler System
    Fire Alarm System
  •   Advanced search

Visiting Ardmore Distillery The Ardmore distillery sits at the highest point of the Northern railway line, 600 feet above sea level. Close to the small village of Kennethmont, the proximity to the railway line allowed founder Adam Teacher to transport materials from Glasgow to this remote corner of Aberdeenshire, helping the distillery flourish. Almost unchanged from the moment he made his dream a reality, the water is still drawn from the naturally rising springs that sit on the 1,500...

Aberdeen Railway Station
Aberdeen Railway Station
Aberdeen Railway Station
bullers of buchan
bullers of buchan
bullers of buchan
cove harbour
cove harbour
cove harbour
craigievar castle
craigievar castle
craigievar castle
dunnottar castle
dunnottar castle
dunnottar castle
dunnottar castle
dunnottar castle
Pilots Tower
Pilots Tower
Aberdeen Parade
Aberdeen Parade
Slaines Castle
Slaines Castle
Slaines Castle
Slains Castle
Slains Castle
Slains Castle
Castle Of Hallforest Accommodation
Castle Of Hallforest Accommodation

Castle Of Hallforest Hospitality Accommodation Guide

One of the oldest in Scotland, the keep of Hallforest Castle was built in the 14th century. Located in Aberdeenshire, it is roughly 1.5 miles from Kintore. Hall Forest Castle, Castle of Hallforrest, and just plain Hallforrest are all alternate names for this remarkable structure.

Views of Hallforest Castle, which is situated to the west of Kintore, can be had from the fields that surround Castle Farm. It is not in a very powerful or significant position, as it is located on a minor rise on an east-facing slope overlooking the valley of the River Don. The view from this vantage point is not very impressive. The grounds of the castle are open to free roaming by livestock, which is typically found in the fields that surround the structure.
The principal access door was located on the ground floor, but the eastern gable has since collapsed, turning it into the primary point of entry. There is no indication that a staircase was used to navigate the interior of the castle; nevertheless, there are four small slit windows and possibly a fifth where the wall has crumbled, which suggests that timber ladders were utilised. Because there is a miniature oven constructed into the wall in the east gable entresol level near to the fireplace, it is likely that this level was utilised as a kitchen. This chamber is also illuminated by the same four slit windows that were used to illuminate the prior chamber. The great hall is illuminated by four windows: two large ones in the south wall, two smaller ones in the west gable on either side of the main fireplace, and the entrance doorway in the east gable. All of these windows are located in the west gable. A second wooden level, which may have been a solar or the private quarters of the lord, was positioned directly above the great hall. A pitched wooden roof covered the attic space that was located above the second vault, and it was likely that there was another floor of chambers located on that upper level. There are signs of a short staircase leading to the wall walk from the second floor and a ditch to the west, but there is no sign of the stone wall that was depicted in a sketch from the 19th century. If your hoping to visit or stay then book accommodation searching stay4you.com to book direct with owners.

The monarch gave Sir Robert de Keith the royal forest of Kintore in 1309, and he confirmed the grant with a charter in 1324; consequently, the stronghold was built to service the forest after the king gave Sir Robert de Keith the royal forest of Kintore. The land surrounding Kintore had been held for centuries, but the forest itself belonged to the Scottish king. It has been suggested that Robert Bruce commissioned the tower before this period, which is odd considering the king's reluctance to allow fortresses to continue standing. It is more likely that the "hall of the forest of Kintore" recorded in 1351 was built after Robert's reign. This is because the king was reluctant to allow fortresses to continue standing. Charters made by David II in 1362 and 1366 at "our manor of the forest of Kintore" provide evidence that the fortification was still possessed by the crown at that time. There are three grants made by David II to the Keith family that name the forest of Kintore, but the date at which the Keiths obtained ownership of Hallforest is unknown. This suggests that the castle was most likely built at David II's direction and was only handed over to the Keiths after its completion. Towers like Drum's, which date back to the middle of the 14th century and also have two stone vaults, are examples of such structures. The presence of walls with a thickness of more than 2 metres is suggestive of an early construction date. It was the home of the Keith Earls Marischal until sometime in the 17th century, when it appears to have gone out of use. Hallforest Castle remained their family seat until that time. In spite of the fact that it was in disrepair when he inherited it in the 18th century, Lord Falconer of Halkertoun brought back its previous splendour. It would appear that the Keith family never put the castle to use for military purposes, instead using it as a hunting seat throughout their history.

Two large barrel vaults take up most of the tower and are separated by wooden floors to form a cellar with a variety of rooms.
In addition to the kitchen, there is also a hall. No evidence of stairs leading up through the walls has been found, and all the windows are on the south side, therefore access was likely gained by wooden ladders and hatches.

  • Castle Of Hallforest 57.229°N Longitude 2.3706°W
  • Castle Of Hallforest Postcode AB51 0TU
  • Castle Of Hallforest 4 day weather guide
  • Castle Of Hallforest Map National Grid Reference: NJ 777 154
  • Castle Of Hallforest Reviews

Reviews & Discussions

No reviews yet
Write a review
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0

Latest Scotland Destinations Guides

Shapinsay a substantial island which guards the entrance to Kirkwall from the north east, is fertile and produces fine cattle. lt has few archaeological sites, but it is remarkable in this and of...

Visiting Churchill Barriers Scapa Flow Churchill Barriers The consisting of thousands of large concrete blocks. were built on the orders of Winston Churchill early in the Second World War by...

Exploring Keith Holiday Accommodation guide for visitors who like to book independently with property owners for all types of vacation properties with sta4you.com search engine. The town of Keith is...

Canisbay is about 4.0km south west of John O Groats, it is in the area of Caithness. Accommodations for Vacations in the Canisbay Area to book direct and enjoy the most northerly parish in the...

Glenelg Holiday Stay Accommodation and Property Rentals to Book Direct With Owners The village is situated in Glenelg bay The area has much to offer, stunning Highland scenery, diverse sea and...

Aberdour, On the south coast of Fife, Scotland, you'll find the picturesque and historically significant village of Aberdour. It is located on the north bank of the Firth of Forth and looks south to...