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Castle Fraser, Garden & Estate

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

Things to do

GUIDED TOURS

The castle operates guided tours from Monday–Saturday.

From the striking simplicity of the medieval Great Hall to the well-stocked library and Victorian bedrooms, a guided tour of the castle gives a sense of walking through history. Each laird stamped his personality on the family seat, from the various ways of spying on those in the Great Hall to trophies gathered on global adventures. 

Special interest tours can be arranged – please book in advance.

The panoramic views from the top of the round tower are spectacular, revealing the courtyard, gardens and estate beyond, ready to be explored. The distinctive peaks of Bennachie can be seen in the distance.

SELF-GUIDED TOURS

The castle is open for self-guided tours on Sundays.

From the striking simplicity of the medieval Great Hall to the well-stocked library and Victorian bedrooms, a self-guided tour of the castle gives a sense of walking through history. Each laird stamped his personality on the family seat, from the various ways of spying on those in the Great Hall to trophies gathered on global adventures. 

The panoramic views from the top of the round tower are spectacular, revealing the courtyard, gardens and estate beyond, ready to be explored. The distinctive peaks of Bennachie can be seen in the distance.

SCHOOL VISITS

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

PLAY AREAS

Younger visitors love to explore the Woodland Secrets adventure playground, featuring wooden sculptures, a bamboo snake walk, tepees, a tree hut and a giant xylophone.

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.

WALKS

There are two waymarked walks on the estate that offer magnificent views of the local area.

Miss Bristow’s Wood trail passes through a designed woodland, full of winding paths, pleasant glades and distant views.

The Alton Brae trail will take you past the Broad Walk of sycamores, through coniferous woodland and beside the Flight Pond, where you can spot brightly coloured dragonflies.

HIRE A VENUE

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)

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

Miss Bristow's Trail

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

To find walks at National Trust for Scotland places, download the Trust Trails app.

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