New Slains Castle

Local nameNew Slains Castle
LocationScotland, UK

Slains Castle, also known as New Slains Castle to distinguish it from nearby Old Slains Castle, is a ruined castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It overlooks the North Sea from its cliff-top site 1 kilometre east of Cruden Bay. The core of the castle is a 16th-century tower house, built by the 9th Earl of Erroll. Significant reconstruction of the castle has been carried out a number of times, lastly in 1837 when it was rebuilt as a Scots Baronial mansion. At one time it had three extensive gardens, but is now a roofless ruin. Plans to restore the castle have been on hold since 2009. It is a Historic Environment Scotland Category B listed building. Apparently Bram Stoker took inspiration for the great room in Dracula's Transylvanian Castle directly from Slain castle's hexagonal great room. He transposed the Slain room directly to Castle Dracula where Jonathan Harker described it in the novel.

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Address AB42 0, United Kingdom

Coordinates 57°24'55.207" N -1°49'56.257" E

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