Mains of Slains Castle
Mains of Slains Cottage, Collieston, Ellon AB41 8ST, UK
Slains CastleA little history first, this castle was built in 1597 on the cliffs over looking the Bay of Cruden and Port Erroll. Bram Stoker lived there for several years off and on. The story goes that Dracula was based on this location, not because of the castle (the castle was located in Transylvania) but the story came to him while overseeing the cliffs, watching several ship wrecks take place and because no one could survive the wreck, the ocean or the cliff climb he imagined any survivors as the walking dead.
In 2007 an investor purchased this property to turn into a vacation spot but no work has been done to date.
Now here is a little tidbit, all the details on this castle show that it is closed. It says that it is fenced off and there is no access. It is true, it is fenced but the fence is open. I am not sure if it would be considered trespassing when the gate was rusted open along a public trail. We did run across several people and although the castle is completely abandoned and it doesn't have a tour or details along the way but, you can't imagine the beauty in the rawness of the ruins or the views off of the cliffs. It's along the Bullers of Buchan (Cliff Walks) which gives you breathtaking views, a peak of rare birds nesting and a wonderful hike.
I have been to Aberdeen several times and every time I have found a way to walk the cliffs to see this magnificent castle. I recommend you do the same! Truly amazing, even if there may have been a little trespassing involved.