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Castle Fraser, Garden & Estate

One of Scotland’s largest tower houses, with an impressive portrait collection

Things to do

School visits

We welcome school visits at Castle Fraser. For more information, please see our Learning pages.

Nature spotting

In the mainly coniferous woodland you can hear, and sometimes see, a variety of birds, including treecreepers, long-tailed tits and coal tits. The ponds are a valuable habitat for many creatures, providing a place for frogs and newts to breed, birds to drink and insect larvae to grow. Swallows, swifts and martins hunt the insects flying over the water, and in the evenings Daubenton’s bats skim the surface for flies and midges. In June head down to the Flight Pond and be entertained by up to 10 species of dragonfly that turn our pond into a magical flight path.

Venue hire

With its wonderful turrets, balustrades and gables, Castle Fraser is a perfect venue for fairytale weddings and corporate entertaining. For larger wedding receptions and corporate events, the castle’s extensive grounds offer many opportunities for marquees and outdoor activities. For more information please see our venue hire pages.

Walks here

Alton Brae Trail (access to Flight Pond)

Difficulty
Easy – the path is unsurfaced with some slopes.
Distance
1½ miles (2½km)
Facilities
Car park; café; shop; toilets

Miss Bristow's Trail

Difficulty
Easy – the path is unsurfaced with some slopes.
Distance
1¼ miles (2km)
Facilities
Car park; café; shop; toilets