Castle linked to Bram Stoker’s Dracula could be given listed status

Slains castle near Cruden Bay.

An iconic North-east castle is to undergo a review which could see it become a protected building.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is currently holding a consultation, which will run until February 15, on whether to give Slains Castle, near Cruden Bay, B-listed status.

HES will then review the submissions before making a decision.

The famed landmark is globally renowned as being the inspiration for Gothic horror novel Dracula by Bram Stoker.

A spokesman for Historic Environment Scotland said: “New Slains Castle is a striking example of a 16th Century castle with subsequent alterations and additions in the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries, demonstrating the changing trends in Scottish domestic architecture from the time of its construction until the roof was removed in the 1920s.

“The castle is also notable for its association with the works of Samuel Johnson, James Bothwell and Bram Stoker.

“We welcome input to our consultation which is due to close on February 15.”

At the forefront of the campaign to save the building from being battered by the elements is 83-year-old Joe Allan.

He said: “My connection with Slains started when I was a boy. As an adult I went on holiday to the area and visited Slains Castle. I was so impressed by the building and thought it was magnificent.

“I know a bit about the Aberdeenshire coast and that the buildings here get exposed to the North Sea, meaning that the castle would inevitably deteriorate. So I felt that if it was listed, the owners would have certain obligations to maintain it.”

A spokesman for VisitAberdeenshire said: “Slains Castle is iconic to the region through the stories of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Its spectacular location perched on a cliff edge above the sea captures the global appeal of Aberdeenshire.

“It’s fantastic news that the castle may be adopted by Historic Environment Scotland, which we hope will lead to further developments to improve visitor amenities to this important historic landmark.”