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Crathes Castle, Banchory

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Crathes Castle (pronounced KRATH-iss) is a 16th-century castle near Banchory in the Aberdeenshire region of Scotland. This harled castle was built by the Burnetts of Leys and was held in that family for almost 400 years. The castle and grounds are owned and managed by the National Trust for Scotland and are open to the public.

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  • A small castle with plenty to see, getting inside was very interesting and well worth going. There are plenty of local walks around the grounds and a very well maintained garden.  more »
  • Castle is currently closed due to the pandemic but the grounds and gardens are still open. Plenty of good photo opportunities amongst the flowers and plants. Immaculate gardens kept tidy and healthy.....  more »
  • Nice grounds, but due to Covid everything was closed. There was a sign asking for car parking payment, but as there wasn’t anything to stay for we left within a few minutes.  more »
  • Very pleased. Be aware, now changed to castle tours but very informative and we had an excellent guide on the 11.30am this morning. Takes approximately an hour. Lots of turret stairs so many floors but worth getting to the top and the views of the gardens are spectacular. Yew hedges managed beautifully and herbaceous borders amazing! Good tearoom and clean toilets!
  • Definitely worth seeing. The drive to the castle is beautiful. The tour or the castle was fun and informative. The gardens are quite nice. The cafe has a good selection of food and beverages, plus millionaire shortbread!
  • Such a wonderful place to visit. Beautiful gardens and grounds and a restaurant/cafe serving great food. Being a National Trust for Scotland means free entry to the very interesting Crathes Castle and the garden and grounds.
  • Atmospheric Scottish castle set in extensive grounds and woodlands. You can do an interesting guided tour of the castle and learn about the family and their connection to Robert the Bruce and the horn of Leys. Formal walled gardens a large gift shop and tea room all added to the experience. An added bonus was that our English National Trust membership gave us free access as well as at the nearby Drum Castle. Garden lovers and history buffs will love and families will adore the vast grounds.
  • Did not visit the castle but explored the grounds. Super woodland walks. Also a great little cafe with good food and children's play area. There is also a superb outdoor play area set in woodland but this has an admission fee although well worth it.

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