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  2. Scotland
  3. Aberdeen
  4. Crathes Castle

Crathes Castle Entrance Ticket

Product ID: 327156
Discover a labyrinth of cultural history at Crathes Castle, a mere 15 miles (24 kilometers) from Aberdeen. Admire the painted ceilings and family portraits that adorn this turreted castle. Delight in a setting of sculpted yew trees and nature trails
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Duration: 2 hours
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  • Explore a magnificent 16th-century castle close to Aberdeen
  • Marvel at an intricate maze of turrets, towers, oak panels, and painted ceilings
  • See the Horn of Leys, given to the Burnett family in the 14th century by Robert the Bruce
  • Wander through the historic walled garden and admire the iconic yew hedges
  • Spot a rich variety of wildlife along six marked trails, including roe deer, red squirrels, and woodpeckers
Full description
Standing against a backdrop of rolling hills and set within its own glorious gardens, Crathes Castle is every inch the classic Scottish tower house — and a fantastic day out for all the family. 

The Burnett family, who lived in the castle for over 350 years, had roots in the area dating back to 1323 when Robert the Bruce granted them nearby land. Alexander Burnett built the castle in the 16th century, constructing an intricate maze of turrets, towers, oak panels, and painted ceilings, many of which survive beautifully to this day.

Once inside, find a labyrinth of cultural history, from family portraits to fine antique furniture. Take a stroll through the wonderful jungle of history that is the walled garden. In the garden's eight sections, discover every green delight imaginable, a sculpted topiary, soft herbaceous colors, and modern exotic blooms. Marvel at the massive yew hedges thought to have been planted as early as 1702.

Crathes Castle Estate was once part of the Royal Forest of Drum. Today there is a range of waymarked and clearly signposted trails. Look out for wildlife along the way — you may see red squirrels, roe deer, woodpeckers, herons, and buzzards.
  • Entrance to the Castle
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  • Pickup and drop-off
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Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Crathes Castle is 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of Aberdeen and 3 miles (about 5 miles) east of Banchory on the A93

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