A stronghold of the Gordon family for hundreds of years, Craig Castle near Rhynie in Aberdeenshire, has been put up for sale by the current owners, the Barlas family.
The original tower house was begun by Patrick Gordon of Craig in 1510, and completed by his son William in 1548 , with further additions in the 18th and 19th centuries. It passed into the ownership of the Craick family in 1832 following the death of the last of the Gordons of Craig in a fire in Nice.
The building is rich in heraldic decoration – the arms of the Gordons of Craig and the Barlas family adorn its stone walls.
It is also one of the few castles to have been bombed by a Zeppelin in the First World War, its newly-installed electric lighting thought to be have been a factor in the incident.
The Castle and surrounding Craig Castle Estate are for sale all together for £1.3million, or the castle with 63 acres of land may be purchased as one of five lots for offers over £400,000.