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Fairytale weddings and five star hospitality in the heart of Royal Deeside

Crathes Castle

Venue type Castle & Garden
Location North of Scotland
Capacity 1 - 120
Event types Weddings, Corporate, Private, Other
Green Tourism Award - Silver Wedding BrochureNTS Corporate VenuesTeam BuildingDaily Delegate & Dinner Packages

This enchanting 16th-century castle, with a beautiful walled garden, expansive grounds and a new dedicated event space (The Horsemill), is a versatile venue for weddings, meetings, team building events and corporate entertaining.

Surrounded by rolling countryside, Crathes Castle offers a rural retreat just 15 miles from Aberdeen city centre. The former home of the Burnett family, Crathes is steeped in history with strong ties to Robert the Bruce. Our knowledgeable staff are always on hand to give guests a flavour of the history, myths and legends of the castle.

The Horsemill
The Horsemill – our dedicated event space for weddings, meetings, teambuilding and corporate dinners opened in May 2015. Download our day delegate rate today.

Venue suitable for weddings, corporate events and private parties

Up to 80 guests for drinks receptions
Up to 50 guests for wedding ceremonies
Up to 42 guests for dining

The Horsemill
Up to 140 guests for drinks receptions/dances
Up to 80 guests for dining
Up to 100 guests for wedding ceremonies
Up to 100 delegates for theatre-style meetings

Home Farm Meeting Room
Up to 45 delegates for theatre-style meetings
Up to 20 delegates for boardroom meetings

Walled Garden
Up to 80 guests for wedding ceremonies and drinks receptions

Up to 300 guests for team building activities, family fun days and marquee events

East Lodge, a self-catering cottage located at the entrance to Crathes Castle has two bedroom and can sleep up to 4 guests.

Weddings at Crathes Castle

What could be more romantic than an idyllic Scottish castle with winding staircases, turrets and towers set in manicured grounds with an enchanting walled garden?

Exchange your vows in the Golden Garden with the castle as a backdrop, or in the castle’s Great Hall with views over the walled garden. Afterwards, sip champagne as you enjoy a game of croquet or tour of the castle before being piped to dinner in the newly refurbished Horsemill.


Crathes Castle is a flexible venue for corporate events.

Impress your clients and guests with a gala dinner in the castle’s Great Hall; reward your employees with a family fun day in the grounds; or motivate your team with a morning meeting in The Horsemill followed by an afternoon of team building activities – choose from Country Pursuits, Bushcraft or Go Ape, North-East Scotland’s only high wire treetop adventure course.

Day delegate rate
With free parking for delegates and excellent business facilities, including Wi-Fi and the latest audio-visual technology, The Horsemill is ideal for meetings, seminars and training events. Our competitive day delegate rate also includes a tour of the castle. Between meetings, the beautiful walled garden and woodland walks at Crathes offer delegates the opportunity to relax, unwind and be inspired!

Travelling to Crathes Castle

Situated just off the A93, Royal Deeside Road, Crathes Castle is 15 miles west of Aberdeen, 3 miles east of Banchory and 20 miles south-west of Aberdeen International Airport. Aberdeen is the nearest train station. There are a number of bus services from Aberdeen that stop within walking distance of the castle.

Contact us

For further information please contact the Crathes team, who will be delighted to discuss your requirements in more detail, arrange a visit and help plan your event.