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Crathes Castle

| Crathes, Banchory AB31 5QJ, Scotland
+44 1330 844651
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This beautiful castle dates back to 1563 and is rumored to be haunted.
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  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
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| Crathes, Banchory AB31 5QJ, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great castle to visit indoors in the Autumn. There was archeological dig going on outside and the staff gave fascinating insights into the finds.

Thank CCostello01
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited the castle again in Autumn just to get that fantastic Scottish winter is coming feel. The grounds and gardens provide a perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of Aberdeen. We took one of the long walks in the forest around the castle and...More

Thank Paul M
Reviewed 2 November 2017

A very enjoyable visit to a furnished castle which provides an insight into its working past. Set within beautiful grounds there is plenty to do during the visit. We visited during the weekend prior to Halloween and there were activities for children to enjoy. There...More

Thank Alison L
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Great location to walk your dogs. Super walks, dog friendly, good parking and a host of places to have coffee or food afterwards

Thank CCohen2014
Reviewed 26 October 2017

Great place to take the kids. Spent ages walking round the grounds. Very pretty gardens, great conker collecting and good food. There is a small play park that can only be accessed through the café. You have to pay for parking (unless you are a...More

Thank Mrs P
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

I had a fantastic day learning about the Burnett's Of Ley, the history behind them, and their connections with well known people such as Robert The Bruce. When we went into the castle we were greeted by our first friendly guide. They explained the castle...More

Thank Kirk F
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

Lovely gardens , just beautiful , spent a long time walking around admiring the gardens , wonderful place to spend an afternoon .

Thank Yvonne R
Reviewed 16 October 2017

I love going here, and will be back. I am a NTS member so entry is free on the day. Love the history, and even though I've seen all the rooms, furniture etc, I'll still go back to once again be steeped in history. Seeing...More

Thank Lewis08
Reviewed 12 October 2017

The castle is self-guided with information sheets in each room, so you can go at your own pace and spend time looking at what interests you most. There are guides around to answer any questions. Loved the baby walker! We did the casltle and gardens,...More

Thank mandy m
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

This place is so full of history. The grounds are some great hiking trails. The gift shop offers a wide variety of items. The cafe/coffee shop has an welcoming atmosphere. The castle itself is by far one of the best I’ve ever visited.

Thank FrexicanJoseph
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Callie M
22 September 2017|
Response from maizedaisy | Reviewed this property |
If not an NT member you will have to pay for parking but although you have to buy ticket for castle in Shop you could have wandered gardens when we visited.
Michelle B
24 January 2017|
Response from Stephanie H | Property representative |
Hi Michelle, Dogs are not permitted in the buildings unless they are assistance dogs. They are of course free to enjoy the outdoor areas. Hope to see you soon!