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Lickleyhead Castle Exterior
The Forbes Room with box bed
Lickleyhead Castle from the walled garden
Highland Games in the Grounds
Archery in the walled garden
The Duff Bathroom
Lickleyhead Castle in Winter

Lickleyhead Castle, Insch, Aberdeenshire

Sleeps 2 - 16 8 Bedrooms 16 Dining

Scottish castle near Insch sleeping 16 with a games room and perfect for family celebrations and intimate wedding events

Holiday Rental for Groups of Families and Friends. Lickleyhead Castle, Insch, Aberdeenshire, sleeps 2 - 16 in 8 bedrooms.

Lickleyhead Castle in Aberdeenshire is a stunning grade A listed group accommodation venue. We offer luxury, exclusive use self-catering with the option of bringing in outside caterers. The entire castle, sleeping 16 (+ 2 children) across 8 bedrooms, can be yours. Alternatively you could have either the East Wing (sleeps 4), or the West Wing (sleeps 12).

The bedrooms have been named for the prominent families and individuals who have lived here and styled to match the era of their occupation. Four bedrooms have en suites, the other four are close to the castle's many bathrooms. Each bedroom is special in its own way and no-one will be disappointed. The Laird's room, our master bedroom, has a private spiral staircase, and a beautifully carved four poster. The medieval styled Bartholf Room is reminiscent of scenes in Game of Thrones. The 17th century themed Forbes Room has a box bed!

We are now hosting weddings at the castle. Micro-weddings with up to 30 guests are our speciality and of course we could offer accommodation for up to 16 guests. The great hall, our spacious dining room and our teeny chapel are all possible locations to hold a ceremony. There are many places to take photographs, such as the ruined arch in the grounds and in the re-established rose garden.

The castle boasts 2 usable fires, including in the great hall. We supply firewood for these to guests at no extra cost. There is complementary whisky, sherry and port in the great hall. The ante-room has a baby grand piano. The panelled 18th century dining room is large and seats 16 under normal circumstances. Seating can be increased for special events. The kitchen is also large and has a working Aga as well as more modern cooking facilities. The kitchen table seats 12. In the games room you can play, table tennis, pool and darts as well as dressing up in a collection of castle themed clothes!

The area is famous for golf, hiking and, of course, whisky! There are multiple places to satisfy the appetite for each of these locally. The castle backs directly onto the mountain known as Bennachie and is close to the Grampians for skiing and exploration of the Highlands.


Dog Friendly

Pets are allowed. £10 per pet per stay to help with associated cleaning costs.

Disabled Facilities

1 ground floor bedroom. En suite is down 2 steps however. 1 other bathroom on ground floor.


WiFi throughout building. Mobile reception reasonable.


Kitchen has an Aga, 2 fridges, deep chest freezer, 2 dishwashers and washing machine. Large kitchen table. All cooking and eating utensils included.

Dining Room

Chippendale table with seating for 16. 18th century panelling on walls and hung with landscape paintings.

Sitting Room

2 sitting rooms. Great hall with open fire, library and butler's pantry. Living room with wood burning stove.

TV and Music Facilities

Flat-screen TV with standard channels.

Games Room

Contains a pool table, table tennis and darts board. There are also toys for younger children and dressing up costumes.

Heating and Open Fires

Central heating (radiators) in bedrooms. The Aga warms the kitchen. There are 2 open fires and one wood burning stove. Portable electric heaters also.


4x King sized rooms (3 with en suites); 1x Family suite (en suite); 2x Queen sized rooms; 1x Twin room with two single beds.


Linen and 2 towels provided to each guest. No charge for extra towels.


1x large en suite with shower; 3x full bathroom; 1x WC; 1x shower; 3x small en suite; 1x Jack and Jill bath.

Children's Facilities

Travel cot and high chair available. Children's toys and books in games room and library.


Very large garden to explore -11 acres. BBQ area+ 2 BBQs (charcoal). Deckchairs and outdoor games available. Outdoor sockets. Fire-pit and stools.


Free parking for up to 8 cars.


Smoking permitted outside in BBQ area.

Booking Information

  • 3 night minimum stay generally, 7 night minimum stay during Christmas period
  • Pets allowed (£10 pet fee)
  • Individual wings of the castle (East and West) can be booked by groups who do not have the numbers to fill the whole building
  • 25% down payment required to secure booking, balance of funds due 30 days before arrival.
  • Cancellations fully refunded up to 45 days prior to arrival with exception of any bank or other fees that may apply
  • Security deposits are generally not required but may be requested if we believe there is the possibility of damage to the building, furniture, fittings or grounds due to the nature of the intended booking. Such instances include but are not limited to using the castle as a film set or for a stag party
  • Bookings can be made directly through our website, by payment link provided by email, or by BACS (as required)
  • Please see our website for further details.

Show Availability

Find the availability for each of our units.

Lickleyhead Castle sleeping 16
West Wing sleeping 12
East Wing sleeping 4

Please contact the owner for availability dates

Please contact the owner for availability dates

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Weekly Price
From £5198
3 Night Weekend
From £2640
Midweek per night
From £825

Late Deals

April 2024 Late Deals

3 nights 19/04 - 22/04 £2000

May 2024 Late Deals

3 nights 17/05 - 20/05 £2400


The castle is set back about 0.5km from the road and the area is very quiet save for the sounds of birds etc. We are only 30 minutes drive from Aberdeen Airport and easy to reach.

To reach us from Aberdeen, travel along the A96 until the Oyne turnoff. Travel through Oyne and continue until you reach the Auchleven/Premnay road, which is a left turn. Continue until you reach the intersection in Premnay. Turn left. Just before leaving the village you will see two stone gateposts on the left. Proceed between the gateposts onto a dirt track. When the track forks, take the right fork. The castle is roughly 0.5km directly along this track.



  • The sleepy village of Premnay is at the end of the driveway. Insch is a small town about 3-4km away. Inverurie is a larger town roughly 20km away along the A96.
  • Insch Co-op is a small supermarket about 4km away. Larger supermarkets are in Inverurie (20km).
  • The Station Hotel (Insch) is the nearest pub. Guests at the castle can also eat in Insch Golf Club.
  • Aberdeen Airport is 37km from the castle. The airport is mid-sized and generally well-run.
  • Insch train station is about 4km away.
  • In Premnay there is a bus stop. It's a 5 minute walk to the castle.

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