Magical turreted castle set within glorious gardens
Wander through the walled garden and admire the massive yew hedges, planted as early as 1702.
Explore this magnificent 16th-century tower house, with its intricate maze of turrets, towers, oak panels and painted ceilings.
Don’t miss the Horn of Leys, given to the Burnett family in the 14th century by Robert the Bruce.
Spot a rich variety of wildlife along our six waymarked trails, including roe deer, red squirrels, woodpeckers, buzzards and herons.
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.
Inside you'll find a labyrinth of cultural history, from family portraits and fine antique furniture to painted ceilings. The walled garden is split into eight sections that encompass every green delight imaginable â€“ sculpted topiary, soft herbaceous colours and modern exotic blooms.
Nature spotters will love the waymarked trails along the Coy Burn - keep an eye out here for buzzards, herons and kingfishers.
We welcome dogs and their responsible owners to Crathes. Only assistance dogs are permitted in the public buildings, the walled garden and the children's adventure playground.
There are three car parks.
Free garden tours with our garden guides are available every Wednesday at 2pm from April to October.
There is a coach park.
Guided tours are available for school groups in the castle. The Ranger Service offers all aspects of environmental education. To make a booking, please tel: 01330 844525 for castle visits and 01330 844810 for the Ranger Service.
The disabled car park is adjacent to the courtyard café. Disabled parking at the castle is by arrangement; please contact the ticket office on arrival for details.
The ground floor of the castle is wheelchair-accessible. The upper levels are only accessible by stairs, mostly narrow spiral staircases.
Most of the walled garden is wheelchair-accessible.
Most of the waymarked trails are not suitable for wheelchairs. The path to Caroline's Garden is fully accessible.
The courtyard café is fully accessible, which also has disabled toilets.