Fairytale pink castle in Scotland inspires new gin

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A fairytale castle inspired its latest gin, the National Trust for Scotland has revealed.

Pink Castle Gin was inspired by the conservation charity’s Craigievar Castle in Aberdeenshire, which reopened to visitors this month following a major conservation project.

The new gin was created in partnership with the local Lost Loch Distillery in Aboyne, just seven miles from the historic castle. Distilled with spring water from the Cairngorms and infused with Scottish raspberries, it features a label designed by Helen Ruth, who grew up close to Craigievar.

This is the third gin inspired by the conservation charity’s properties – the first Pinewood, was launched in 2020, inspired by Mar Lodge Estate, with Inverewe Garden, inspired by the North West garden following in 2022.

Pink Castle Gin is part of a new range developed by the National Trust for Scotland working with Scottish businesses to support the reopening of Craigievar Castle,

The full Pink Castle collection includes rugs, ponchos and scarves in a new tartan created with Lochcarron, wool and silk scarves with a print designed by Helen Ruth, jewellery by East Lothian designer Jenni Douglas and chocolate from Scottish chocolatier Quirky Chocolate.

Andrew Roberts, Head of Retail at the National Trust for Scotland said:

“We are so excited by the reopening of Craigievar Castle – it’s such a unique and beautiful place and so full of stories. All the makers we worked with on this range were so inspired. Wefeel really proud of the Pink Castle collection and it’s a fantastic way for people to support Craigeivar Castle and all the work we do to conserve this special place and many others across Scotland.”

The Pink Castle range is available to buy in many National Trust for Scotland gift shops and online at https://www.nts.org.uk/shop/pink-castle.

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