Fyvie Castle

My sister rang first thing this morning sounding very upset because she had slept in and missed her flight and was consequently unable to come and visit us this weekend. We were all very disappointed and so we took off for Fyvie Castle to lift our spirits.

Fyvie Castle is an enormous 13th century castle about 28 miles NW of Aberdeen. It houses an impressive collection of Gainsborough and Raeburn paintings and is quite palatial on the inside. It looks like something out of a fairy tale and is a popular place for weddings. Indeed, there was a wedding in progress during our visit today.

There’s a loch in the castle grounds with a very pleasant walking path all the way around. It’s supposedly home to otters but we didn’t see any. Our kids are so noisy that most of the wildlife scatters well in advance of our arrival. The castle gardens were also lovely and have a very productive vegetable garden.

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We booked the electric car – a Renault Zoe – which has a range of about 80 miles. The distance to and from Fyvie Castle was at most 60 miles so we had more than enough range. We could have gone much further because when we got back the Dashboard said we’d only used 41 miles in total. This is because the car charges while you’re driving. When you coast downhill, for instance, you can see the battery charging again.

It’s so nice to be able to take off to a castle whenever we want and also to have so much choice.