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:

Assigning the Ardgrain lands to Alexander Irvin (1422)

Ancient texts taken from the Charter Chest at Drum, describing the Ardgrain lands in 1422

Taken from Antiquities of the Shires of Aberdeen and Banff (Vol III) 1857 - Page 31.  Read more » 

Judicial Proceedings (1493)

Judicial proceedings: acts of the lords auditors of causes and complaints

22 June 1493  Read more » 

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 »