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Castle Fraser Garden & Estate

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Address: Sauchen, Scotland
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+44 1330 833463
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Castle Fraser is a grand baronial castle dating from the 16th century, and...

Castle Fraser is a grand baronial castle dating from the 16th century, and is the largest and most elaborate of Scottish castles built on the Z plan design. There are plenty of quirky features to discover in the castle - such as the Laird's Lug, hidden trapdoors revealing secret stairs, a spy hole, a room full of stuffed animals and a wooden leg!As you venture through the castle and up to the... round tower, with its panoramic views of the gardens and estate beyond, you get a sense of life from the medieval to the Victorian period. Although the main castle was completed around 1636, there were several 18th- and 19th-century alterations. To a large extent the story of Castle Fraser is the story of its lairds.It retains the atmosphere of the family home with portraits, furniture and mementos. Highlights include the Great Hall dating back to the 1400s, a library filled with family books, and the grand Worked Room featuring 18th-century embroideries.New to Castle Fraser for 2012 is an exhibition in a previously unopened room in the castle. The exhibition, entitled “Women of Strength” has been kindly sponsored by Exxon Mobil and features information on the historical development of the garden, grounds and castle and the involvement of Elyza Fraser and Lavinia Smiley.Outside, two waymarked walks give magnificent views of the local hills.Miss Bristow's Trail (1.25 miles) - a walk on forest paths, taking you past old estate stonework including the Moses Well and a hydraulic ram (water pump). This walk is not accessible by wheelchairs or pushchairs.The Alton Brae Trail (1.5 miles) - a walk on forest paths including steep sections and steps, leading you down to the flight pond with its amazing wildlife including 10 species of dragonflies, damselflies, frogs, toads, newts and many aquatic invertebrates. This walk is not accessible by wheelchairs or pushchairs.The children's Woodland Secrets play area is an enchanting wooded area with a tepee, bamboo snake walk, giant xylophone and lots of other areas for children to hide and climb. The whole children's area is built from natural materials and is therefore very environmentally friendly. There is access to this area by wheelchairs and pushchairs.

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Lovely Forest Trails

On arrival into the castle car park, the noticeboard shows you 2 walks. On the sunday we arrived, we decided to do both walks as the weather for February was mild and dry. We... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 February 2017
Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2017

On arrival into the castle car park, the noticeboard shows you 2 walks. On the sunday we arrived, we decided to do both walks as the weather for February was mild and dry. We did the lake walk first, which took around 45 minutes. This was extremely pleasant, if you are lucky you can hear the woodpeckers in the trees.... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Went for walk round the grounds with children and dog beautiful there are a couple of different areas too so you can pick whichever you fancy that day. Not been inside castle but have heard nothing but good things about the tea room etc

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Aviemore, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Visited at the weekend with a friend for the first time despite growing up in the local area! Can't believe I have not visited before now. £2 car parking charge (which I think is fair enough as everything appeared to be so well maintained) or free for National Trust members. The grounds were so picturesque with the different colours of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Went there a few times, loved the castle but my favorite part was the lake with its birds, i got to see some brown squirrels also. Its a must see if you are in the area 👍🏻

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Nice castle to visit with very knowledgable guides to inform visitors about the castle history. It is worth the climb up to the turret for a wonderful view.

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Spalding, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

A fascinating castle, the rooms are simply stunning with the guides in each room very friendly and informative. The best bit is the views from the rooftop on a clear sunny day. Well kept gardens also

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

The castle itself is fully preserved, and there are well-informed guides throughout this National Trust Property. Each of the rooms brings back the feeling of the 19th Century at least, although the castle dates from much earlier. It has a feature knows as the lairds lug, or a listening room where the laird could listen in to conversations in the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

One of the best of the Aberdeenshire chateaux ... in fact its only real competition in the wow stakes is nearby Craigievar. You can climb ... climb being the operative word as it's 7 storeys of spiral stairs onto the amazing roof viewing platform ... but it is manageable if you take it slowly for even those .. like me... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

I visited the house when our Thistle Camp were working in the grounds over the last week. The castle is extensive and information cards are available in very room to explain what with rooms were used for. The guides add that additional bit of information. A visit to the top of the tower is well worth a vist as the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

I found that Castle Fraser was a fascinating place to visit. The castle was in excellent condition and there are information sheets in every room explaining a bit about the history of that room. Some rooms even had local's who were available to answer questions and share stories about the castle. Well worth the visit. We went just as the... More 

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