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Crathes Castle

An ideal place for the whole family to visit for a fantastic day out on Royal Deeside. The castle, with its fairytale turrets, is a superb example of a 16th century tower house, but is equally renowned for its interior - some of the rooms retain their original painted ceilings. It was home to the Burnett family of Leys for four centuries and the castle walls hold many family stories and secrets.

The Garden

Crathes boasts an award-winning 19th-century walled garden - worthy of a visit in itself. Eight colourful gardens were created within it and are open to visitors all year round.

The Old Horsemill has been converted into an attractive gift shop where you can relax in perfect surroundings and the Courtyard Cafe offers a choice of refreshments. Six exciting woodland walks and an adventure playground offer interest for visitors of all ages.

Additional Information:

  • Explanatory text in Czech, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
  • Dog walks
  • Shop
  • Cafe
  • Picnic site
  • Plant sales
  • Wheelchair access to ground floor of castle, garden & grounds, viewpoint trail, shop, exhibitions, cafe, toilet
  • Wheelchairs available

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On A93, 3 miles east of Banchory and 15 miles west of Aberdeen.

Crathes Castle Postcode for SatNav: AB31 5QJ


+44 (0) 0844 493 2166
+44 (0) 0844 493 2167 (ranger/naturalist)
+44 (0)0844 493 2169(castle)

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