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Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate

Crathes Castle

Painted ceilings and family portraits adorn this turreted castle, set among sculpted yew trees and nature trails

About this place

  • Wander through the historic walled garden and admire the iconic yew hedges, planted as early as 1702.
  • Explore this magnificent 16th-century castle, 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.

The Burnett family, who lived in the castle for over 350 years, had roots in the area dating back to 1323 when Robert the Bruce granted them nearby land. Alexander Burnett built the castle in the 16th century, an intricate maze of turrets, towers, oak panels and painted ceilings, many of which survive beautifully to this day.

Inside you’ll find a labyrinth of cultural history, from family portraits to fine antique furniture. The walled garden is a wonderful jungle of history, split into eight sections that encompass every green delight imaginable a sculpted topiary, soft herbaceous colours and modern exotic blooms. The massive yew hedges are thought to have been planted as early as 1702.

Crathes Castle Estate was once part of the Royal Forest of Drum. Today there are a range of waymarked and clearly signposted trails. Look out for wildlife along the way – you may see red squirrels, woodpeckers and herons.

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Today’s Opening Hours

Castle (guided tours only)
10.30–17.00 (last tour 16.00)
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Entry prices

One adult family
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Accreditations and awards

  • Visitor 4 Star Award
  • Green Tourism Silver Award

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Venue hire

Crathes Castle is the perfect venue for weddings, corporate events and private parties. 

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School visits

We welcome school visits at Crathes Castle.

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