Castle Fraser


Sauchen, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, AB51 7LD

    About 16 miles west of Aberdeen is the stunning Castle Fraser, one of the grandest of the Scottish baronial tower houses.

    Built between 1575 and 1636 by the 6th laird, Michael Fraser, Castle Fraser is the most elaborate Z-plan castle in Scotland. The castle belongs to the same period of native architectural achievement as two neighbouring castles, Crathes and Craigievar.

    One of the castle’s most evocative rooms is the strikingly simple Great Hall. The castle contains many Fraser family portraits, including one by Raeburn, and fine 18th- and 19th-century carpets, curtains and bed hangings, and even Charles Mackenzie Fraser's wooden leg!

    The estate contains a flight pond, mixed woodland and open farmland, with two waymarked walks giving magnificent views of the local hills. The historic walled garden features shrubs, flowers, wall-trained fruit and vegetables.

    There is also a shop selling exclusive gifts.

    4 Castle
    Green Tourism Silver
    Opening Times
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Apr 2016 - 31 Oct 2016

    Garden and Grounds: All year, daily.
    Castle, Tearoom and Shop:
    1 April to 30 June, Wed-Sun 11-5
    1 July to 31 August, daily 11-5
    1 September to 31 October, Wed-Sun 11-5
    (last entry 4.15)
    Restaurant (Evenings only):
    All year, Thurs-Sat
    Bookings only, please call: 01467 642834


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome
    • Outdoor Play Area


    • Picnic Area

    Wedding Services

    • Able to erect a marquee
    • Accommodation Available
    • Can use own suppliers
    • Civil Ceremony
    • Reception Facilities
    • Religious Ceremony


    • Public Toilet Facilities


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point

    Public Transport Directions

    By road

    Castle Fraser is 4 miles N of Dunecht and 16 miles W of Aberdeen. Off A944.

    By bus
    Stagecoach Bluebird bus numbers 210, 215, 216 and 217 all stop at Dunecht, 4 miles from Castle Fraser.

    By train
    On reaching Aberdeen railway station, take the Stagecoach Bluebird bus numbers 210, 215, 216 or 217 from Aberdeen bus station, which is right next to the railway station, to Dunecht, 4 miles from Castle Fraser.

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