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Craigievar Castle restoration

Take a tour of Craigievar Castle

A 17th Century Aberdeenshire castle which inspired Walt Disney has been restored to its former glory.

Fairytale Craigievar Castle, near Alford, has been shrouded in scaffolding and tarpaulin as the 30-year-old harling was replaced.

Following a two-year facelift, it is set to the re-open to the public this spring.

The external building coating has been replaced returning the castle to its original pink colouring.


Craigievar Castle
Craigievar Castle was gifted to NTS by the Forbes family

Walt Disney is believed to have based his designs of fairytale castles on Craigievar after seeing pictures of it.

The project to replace the 1970s cement-based harling began in late 2007.

The painstaking operation removed the outer covering using hammer and chisel.

BBC Scotland's Landward also discovered experts had found a 16th Century tower house hidden inside the Castle.

Castle within

The castle within a castle was mapped by archaeologists who scanned it with lasers and made a 3-D model.

Craigievar Castle
Craigievar Castle is thought to have always had a pink exterior

The Castle retains its distinctive pink colouring. Ian Davidson, Project Manager, National Trust for Scotland said: "The Castle has a history of being pink, its been reddish pink for most of its life as far as we can tell... ochres can either be yellow or red, here they seem to have gone for red."

Conservationists have given the A-listed building a new lease of life by restoring the interiors as they prepare to open the doors to the public on 2 May 2010.

Watch Landward on 2 April when the programme also visits Glasgow Wholesale Market. You will also be able to catch-up with Dougie Vipond and the team on BBC iPlayer.

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