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Crathes Castle, Banchory

4.3
Must see · Castle · Tourist Spot
Opening Times:

Estate: CLOSED

Summer opening times:-CLOSED

Alternative routes to Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate:

1) A90 – South of Aberdeen

a. From Stonehaven, connect with the A957 Slug Road

b. 13.3 miles, turn left onto A93

c. 0.1 miles, turn right into Crathes Estate

2) Aberdeen City South – South Deeside Route

a. From Bridge of Dee (AB10 7JP), connect with B9077 South Deeside Road

b. 12.6 miles, turn right onto A957 Slug Road

c. 0.5 miles, turn left onto A93

d. 0.1 miles, turn right into Crathes Estate

3) Aberdeen City West – Garlogie Route

a. From North Anderson Drive, connect with A944 Lang Stract

b. 8.5 miles, turn left onto B9125

c. 2 miles, turn left onto Coupers Road

d. 3.5 miles, turn right onto A93

e. 2.4 miles, turn left into Crathes Estate
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  • 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 »
  • When we were there the castle was closed but the grounds offer great walks.... we used the yellow trails with two small children which took approx 2 hours but they really enjoyed it .....  more »
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  • 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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