A Real Scottish Pink Castle

A PINK castle!!  Peakles was thrilled when we were on our summer holiday (vacation) to see a real pink castle!

PINK CASTLE

PINK CASTLE

We looked up the National Trust for Scotland’s website when we were on holiday nearby.  As members of the National Trust we decided to visit a site and Craigievar Castle in Scotland seemed interesting. 

The castle is really pink because the main local building material was pink granite.  The render on the castle is also pink to make it blend in!

Waiting for our tour around Craigevar Castle

Waiting for our tour around Craigievar Castle

We had a great time looking at all the interesting objects inside and hearing about the history of the castle and about the family that owned it.  Peakles really liked the bedrooms and loved coming down the spiral staircase too!  It just made me dizzy!  After we had been inside the castle we had a good look around the grounds and Peakles was able to run off lots of energy.

shadow dapples at Craigievar

shadow dapples at Craigievar

fairy steps at Craigevar

fairy steps at Craigievar

She thought Craigievar was the BEST castle she had ever seen and when we go home she asked for a pink castle to play with!  Now normally I try to steer clear of all things pink especially toys but it is her favourite colour and she did want to play castles.  Yet when she pointed out that the Scottish one was pink how could I argue with that!  I suppose wanting a rugged Scottish castle isn’t quite the same as wanting a fairy princess one and there had been no mention of glitter or sparkly bits either!  

Beautiful

Beautiful

 

We set about painting some interesting cardboard packaging that I had saved from the recycling bin.

Using cardboard packaging

Using cardboard packaging

 We used a mixture of red, orange and white paint to get that lovely rich pink colour of the Scottish pink granite.

Nearly finished - time to dry now

Nearly finished – time to dry now

After painting the packaging I found a box that was the perfect size and covered it in pink paper.  We added the pink painted top and then as a final touch we attached some rolled paper towers with grey cones for a roof on the top.

Using rolled paper as towers

Using rolled paper as towers

Peakles is very impressed with her pink castle and spends LOTS of time with her toys playing in, around or on top of it.

Giant Peakles saves the day

Giant Peakles saves the day

It has become a great focus for some really interesting imaginative play and her general ‘chatter’ whilst she plays shows me that she was listening to and understanding the tour guide when we made our visit!  She has even asked if we can take it with us when we revisit Craigievar Castle again – now that will make a super photograph!

Real Craigievar

Real Craigievar

Craigievar Castle

Craigievar Castle

13 thoughts on “A Real Scottish Pink Castle

  1. Hello, my name is Alison and I am the manager of Craigievar Castle for the National Trust for Scotland. I am so amazed by Peakles’ pink castle, it is absolutely gorgeous and would love to have a make your own pink castle day inspired by Peakles’ artistic genius. If I can organise it for next season, perhaps Peakles could come back and bring her Craigievar sculpture with her to show to inspire everyone?

    • Hello Alison – we would be thrilled to revisit Craigievar again for a ‘make your own pink castle’ day! How exciting and of course Peakles will think it is fantastic to have another look around the castle.

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