Country Estates

The Trust cares for 76,000 hectares of Scotland's finest countryside. We are the third largest landowner in Scotland, the largest managing the land for conservation purposes. Over two million people visit us each year. Our properties include one-sixth of all Munros (mountains over 3,000ft) and attract huge numbers of hill walkers. Where better to discover them from than one of our holiday accommodation properties?
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East Lodge, Crathes Castle Garden & Estate

  • Dates Available
  •  None
  • Royal Deeside
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Opening October 2016.
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Laced with gothic charm this Victorian gate lodge guards the entrance to Crathes Castle. Crathes is a Renaissance dream of winding turrets and pink-harled walls, set among acres of manicured gardens.

The lodge's arched latticed windows look out onto the castle driveway. An enclosed private garden with a picnic table is perfect for outdoor dining when the sun shines.

 

Accommodation details



  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 twin


  • Sitting room with dining area


  • Kitchen


  • Shower room with WC


  • Oil fired central heating


  • Immersion water heating


  • Parking available outside the cottage


  • EPC Rating: F34


 

About Crathes Castle

Crathes estate dates back to 1323 when King Robert the Bruce granted the lands of Leys to the ancient Burnett family. The jewelled ivory Horn of Leys, symbolic of the gift, now hangs in the castle's Great Hall. The castle you see today was completed in the late 16th century and retains ornate ceilings, family portraits and even a 'trick-step' designed to confuse attackers.

 

Six different trails lead round the 240 hectare (595 acre) estate. Crathes's grounds are known as a hotspot for spying bats, as well as buzzards, kingfishers and herons.

 

About the area

Crathes is a settlement of around 25 houses, spreading out into farms and countryside, close to Banchory in Royal Deeside.

 

Things to do



  • Steam-train enthusiasts will love the Royal Deeside Railway. Still undergoing a restoration project, the railway line currently runs for a mile along the River Dee.


  • Pack up a hamper and head to the Linn of Dee, a 300 metre rock gorge, part of Mar Lodge estate and one of Queen Victoria's beloved picnicking spots.


  • In the summer months, trace Scottish architectural history through the ages with a visit to
  • Drum Castle, the oldest intact building in the National Trust for Scotland's care. A medieval tower, a Jacobean mansion and Victorian extensions make this fortified ancestral home truly unique.


 

Getting there

Crathes Castle is off the A93, 15 miles west of Aberdeen and 3 miles east of Banchory. Aberdeen is the nearest railway station, and Aberdeen airport (Dyce) is 12 miles away. < Hide

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Ardlochan Lodge, Culzean Castle

  • Dates Available
  • 4 Star Excellent
  • Glasgow, Ayrshire, Argyll & Arran
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Situated just a stones throw from the golden beach at Maidens on the Culzean coast in Ayrshire is this pretty little lodge house - the last remaining gate house on the Culzean Castle & Country Park estate.
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Recently modernised and renovated to a high standard, Ardlochan Lodge will open April 2016.

 

Accommodation details



  • Single storey


  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double and 1 twin bedroom (can be converted to double if required)


  • Sitting room with wood-burning stove


  • Under floor heating


  • Open plan kitchen, with patio doors leading to patio area and spacious garden


  • Bathroom with shower over bath


  • Parking adjacent to cottage


  • EPC Rating: E50




 

About Culzean Castle

Monumental, romantic and splendid, Culzean Castle was designed by Robert Adam in the 1770s on one of Scotland's most dramatic clifftop sites. The Armoury, the Library, the famous crimson oval staircase; all are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

 

228 hectares (565 acres) of Country Park surrounding the castle offer a variety of countryside to explore, including clifftop and woodland walks.

 

About the area

Maybole is the closest town, an ancient village established in the 12th century. As well as a Victorian town hall and a 17th century castle, the High Street has a range of shops and amenities.

 

Ayrshire is famous for its golf courses including Turnberry, Royal Troon and Old Prestwick. Fishing, cycling, horse riding and clay shooting are also available nearby.

 

Things to do



  • Spend a day losing yourself in Culzean's massive grounds. Spot the Ice House, the Swan Pond, visit the Deer Park and adopt a deer, or explore the rock pools on the beach.


  • Alloway is only a short drive away. Learn about Scotland's National Bard at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, then follow in the footsteps of Tam O'Shanter and visit Alloway's 'auld haunted kirk'.


  • There's not much left to see, but the nearby clifftop ruin of Turnberry Castle is steeped in medieval history. It's said Robert the Bruce's mother held his father captive here until he agreed to marry her, and the castle is widely held as King Robert's birthplace. The ruin is old and unstable; take great care if exploring.




Getting there

Culzean is 12 miles south of Ayr, 4 miles west of Maybole.

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Brewhouse Flat, Culzean Castle & Country Park

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Glasgow, Ayrshire, Argyll & Arran
  • 4
  • 2
  • Not allowed
Perched on an Ayrshire clifftop, Culzean Castle is second to none for grandeur. This circular former brewhouse lies in the castle's West Wing and supplied the estate workers with their staple drink of beer until Victorian times.
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The brewery was added to Culzean in the 1780s. 100 years later however the 3rd Marquess of Ailsa decided to make way for his preferred tipple and changed it into a wine cellar.

 

Dine alfresco in the private garden, enjoy spectacular sunsets over the bay and let the crash of the waves lull you to sleep.

 

Accommodation details



  • One storey basement flat - 23 steps down to the flat which we regret is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues.


  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double (can be converted to twin), 1 twin


  • Sitting/dining room


  • Kitchen


  • Bathroom with shower over bath


  • Electric night storage heating


  • Immersion water heating


  • Private garden


  • Children will require supervision when playing outside the flat, due to the cliff edge


  • Private parking for 2 cars


  • Public transport accessible


  • EPC Rating: E54




 

About Culzean Castle

Monumental, romantic and splendid, Culzean Castle was designed by Robert Adam in the 1770s on one of Scotland's most dramatic clifftop sites. The Armoury, the Library, the famous crimson oval staircase; all are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

 

228 hectares (565 acres) of Country Park surrounding the castle offer a variety of countryside to explore, including clifftop and woodland walks.

 

About the area

Maybole is the closest town, an ancient village established in the 12th century. As well as a Victorian town hall and a 17th century castle, the High Street has a range of shops and amenities.

 

Ayrshire is famous for its golf courses including Turnberry, Royal Troon and Old Prestwick. Fishing, cycling, horse riding and clay shooting are also available nearby.

 

Things to do



  • Spend a day losing yourself in Culzean's massive grounds. Spot the Ice House, the Swan Pond, visit the Deer Park and adopt a deer, or explore the rock pools on the beach.


  • Alloway is only a short drive away. Learn about Scotland's National Bard at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, then follow in the footsteps of Tam O'Shanter and visit Alloway's 'auld haunted kirk'.


  • There's not much left to see, but the nearby clifftop ruin of Turnberry Castle is steeped in medieval history. It's said Robert the Bruce's mother held his father captive here until he agreed to marry her, and the castle is widely held as King Robert's birthplace. The ruin is old and unstable; take great care if exploring.




Getting there

Culzean is 12 miles south of Ayr, 4 miles west of Maybole. < Hide

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