Aberdeen to Fraserburgh Road

The road that leads to Ardgrain was once the main Aberdeen to Fraserburgh route, which passed through the market town of Ellon before winding its way northwards

The main Fraserburgh road would have been a prominent position to site a Baronial house like Ardgrain, commanding views down the hill towards Ellon and beyond. Centuries after Ardgrain was built, a new road was to Fraserburgh was constructed, a few miles away. From Ardgrain onwards, the old Fraserburgh road today becomes a rough track, better suited to mountain bikes, quads and horses.

Ardgrain TrackArdgrain Track

Leading from this old Fraserburgh road is the gravel track to Ardgrain, which is some 250 metres long. The Ardgrain track is lined on each side by rough granite drystone walls, and circles round the back of the main house, before entering into the enclosed courtyard.

Ardgrain TrackArdgrain Track

Popular Ardgrain history articles:

Alexander Seaton Ratification (1681)

Ratification in favour of Sir Alexander Seton of Pitmedden

 

Scottish parliment records from 28th July 1681, which feature the Barony of Ardgrain. At the time of King James II, these texts describe a ratification in favour of Sir Alex Seton of Pitmedden.  Read more » 

Tower Houses in Scotland

Discover what a Tower House is, and why Ardgrain is especially unique in sharing both Tower House and Country House features

A Scottish Tower House is a stone structure built for both living and defensive purposes. The design of a Tower House evolved from earlier castle types such as Celtic Fortresses and Motte and Bailey Castles.

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Virgil Quotation and Ardgrain Motto

Discover why a quote from the Roman poet and author, Virgil, was carved above the Ardgrain doors

 

The Virgil Quote

Carved into a weathered stone, directly above the main double doors at Ardgrain, is a quotation taken from the classical Roman poet and author, Virgil.  Read more »