Home > Castles of Aberdeenshire and Scotland >
Guide and information about Abergeldie Castle in Royal Deeside Ballater with ghost stories
Situated in the picturesque Royal Deeside, Abergeldie Castle, is located near the Royal Family's country home at Balmoral
near Ballater and Braemar.
The tower house was built in the 16th Century by the head of the Gordon family, Sir Alexander Gordon of Midmar. He later became the Earl of Huntly.
Follow us on: Instagram
My new novel:
The Aberdeen skies are under attack from an enemy jet. It is spilling a strange yellow smoke. Minutes later, people start killing each other.
Former Royal Air Force Regiment Gunner Jason Harper witnesses this and then his wife, Pippa, telephones him, shouting that she needs him. They then get cut off. He sets straight out, unprepared for the nightmare that unfolds during his journey. Everyone seems to want to kill him.
Along the way, he pairs up with fellow survivor Imogen. But she enjoys killing the living dead far too much. Will she kill Jason in her blood thirst? Or will she hinder his journey through this zombie filled dystopian landscape to find his pregnant wife?
The Fence is the first in this series of post-apocalyptic military survival thrillers from the torturous mind of local horror and science fiction novel writer C.G. Buswell.
Buy the Paperback.
It has three storeys and a basement area.
It remained in the Gordon family for years, except for a short time during the first Jacobite rising. During this time General Mackay used it as a garrison for his troops.
In 1848, when Price Albert was developing his Deeside Estate he unsuccessfully tried to bid for it, though he was granted a long term lease. Future generations of Royals, such as King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra and George V (whilst they were still Princes and Princesses), then used it as a summer home.
The Ghost Of Abergeldie Castle
Abergeldie Castle is reputed to be haunted by Kittie Rankie who was burnt at the stake, for being a witch, on the hilltop, Craig-na-Ban, overlooking the Castle. The ghost of Kittie has been seen in the cellars where she was imprisoned in the dungeon before her execution. The ghost is often called French Kate - in life she was a French woman employed, until accused of practicing black magic. She was accused by her mistress who did not like her reply to a question about the whereabouts of her master - Kittie (Catherine Frankie) replied that her husband was with another woman.
In the book Castles of the Clans: The Strongholds and Seats of 750 Scottish Families and Clans
by Martin Coventry it says that the spirit of Kitty Rankie has been seen in the clock tower and that the bell tolls when death or misfortunate is about to strike the family.
From Aberdeen take the A93. The postcode for your sat nav is AB35 5SY.
More Aberdeenshire Castles
More ghost stories from Aberdeenshire
An army veteran moves his family back to his Aberdeenshire home, but his nightmare neighbour starts a battle of wits with him. Who will win this One Last War?
Buy this latest novel by local author C.G. Buswell on Kindle
Advertise Here from just £90.
On Wednesday 19 September 2007 Bonhams the Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers from London held a valuation day at Banchory Lodge Hotel. During this auction event an antique letter box that was used by Queen Victoria at Abergeldie Castle in Royal Deeside during the time she leased it. The item is now owned by Victor Thom who took possession of it when he helped to clear out the building in 1964.
These can command up to �3000 at auctions but staff at Bonhams think that this one may fetch about �6000 because of the British Royal Family connection and also because it has been kept in great condition sitting in Victor Thom's hall.