Places to visit

Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate

Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate

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 - a 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.