The ruin of this 13th century castle lies near the village of Alford in Aberdeenshire.
The castle was built of local stone in the French style. The Snow Tower was the castle’s keep but is a ruin along with the rest of the building. The protective dry moat and steep ravine on one side remain give an impression of how it was defended from numerous attacks.
In the 14th century it housed Robert the Bruce’s family who were betrayed by a gatekeeper who may or may not have been punished by having liquid gold poured down his throat.