Crathes Castle and Gardens
Aberdeenshire, Aberdeenshire, UK
Crathes Castle is a fairytale castle reminiscent of Rapunzel and many a handsome prince! Well positioning in the Aberdeenshire countryside the 16th Century castle is surrounded by woodland to the east of Banchory.
It's said that Crathes Castle has good connections to King Robert the Bruce and it will certainly give you happy memories as you walk around it's stunning grounds and explore the towers, turrets and hear the stories of its resident ghosts. King Robert the Bruce granted the lands of Leys to the Burnett family in 1323: the ancient Horn of Leys, which can be seen today in the Great Hall, marks his gift.
This is an excellent example of architecture from the time and still has originally painted ceilings and portraits of the families who have lived there. There are many trails through the estate for you to explore one of which is wheelchair friendly taking you on a lovely trail through the woods and past the mill pond.
There is a visitors centre, an exhibition and a tea shop on the estate and parking is suitable for all.
Open all year round but check the website for times.
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