Auchindoun Castle enjoys a superb defensive location at an elevation of nearly 1,000 feet, just over two miles southeast of Dufftown. Immediately to the south and east, the land falls steeply into the valley of the River Fiddich, and the location offers a check on one of the main routes south from Speyside to Aberdeenshire, now followed by the A941.
Sir Adam Gordon bought Auchindoun in 1567. Gordon's greatest claim to fame was the murder of all the occupants of Corgarff Castle during a quarrel in 1571. William Mackintosh burned Auchindoun Castle in revenge. In 1725, the castle was abandoned. The ruined castle stands alone in a spectacular setting in the middle of a largely uninhabited landscape. Its lonely and romantic location is well worth a visit.