Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate
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Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate

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

Things to do

GUIDED TOURS

Free garden tours with our garden guides are available from April to October, every Wednesday at 2pm.

SCHOOL VISITS

We welcome school visits at Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate. For more information, please see our Learning pages.


Play Area

Wild Wood Adventure Play has something for everyone – explore, play and let your imagination run wild! Surrounded by towering trees on this wildlife-rich estate you can conquer the heights of the Green Lady’s Tower, scramble up the rock face challenge and zoom between the trees on the zip wire.

NATURE SPOTTING

Take a walk along the Coy Burn - keep an eye out here for buzzards, herons and kingfishers. They’ve probably been at home on the estate for at least as long as the castle walls.

OUTDOORS ACTIVITIES

Explore the north-east’s only Go Ape tree-top adventure.

HIRE A VENUE

The enchanting castle, beautiful walled garden, expansive grounds and a new dedicated event space (The Horsemill) make a versatile venue for weddings, meetings, team-building events and corporate entertaining.

Walks here

East trail

East trail

Difficulty
Moderate – a fairly flat, unsurfaced woodland walk (some steps)
Time
1–1¼ hours
Distance
1½ miles (2.5km)
Facilities
Shop; toilets; café; car park; picnic areas
The Coy Burn trail

The Coy Burn trail

Difficulty
Moderate – a fairly flat, unsurfaced woodland walk
Time
1–1¾ hours
Distance
1¾ miles (3km)
Facilities
Shop; toilets; café; car park; picnic areas
The North trail

The North trail

Difficulty
Moderate – a fairly flat, unsurfaced woodland walk
Time
45–60 mins
Distance
1¼ miles (2km)
Facilities
Shop; toilets; café; car park; picnic areas
The Ley way

The Ley way

Difficulty
Moderate – a fairly flat, unsurfaced woodland walk (some steps)
Time
2–3 hours
Distance
4 miles (6.5km)
Facilities
Shop; toilets; café; car park; picnic areas
The West trail

The West trail

Difficulty
Moderate – a fairly flat, unsurfaced woodland walk but with a steep section
Time
30–45 mins
Distance
¾ mile (1km)
Facilities
Shop; toilets; café; car park; picnic areas
Viewpoint trail

Viewpoint trail

Difficulty
Easy – a flat, surfaced woodland walk
Time
15–30 mins
Distance
¼ mile (400m)
Facilities
Shop; toilets; café; car park; picnic areas

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

NTS Trail App