Crathes Castle and Garden


Crathes Castle, Crathes, Banchory, Aberdeenshire, AB31 5QJ

    Crathes Castle is surrounded by woodland to the east of Banchory in the Aberdeenshire countryside.

    This late 16th century castle, with connections to King Robert the Bruce, provides a memorable experience with its towers, turrets and 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.

    The castle, built in the second half of the 16th century, is a superb example of a tower house of the period.Some of the rooms still retain their original painted ceilings and collections of family portraits and furniture.

    A visit is enhanced by the 1.5 hectares of walled garden, which incorporates herbaceous borders and many unusual plants, providing a wonderful display at all times of the year. The great yew hedges, fascinating examples of the art of topiary, date from as early as 1702

    Explore the estate on the seven waymarked trails, including one suitable for wheelchairs, which lead through the mixed woodlands, along the Coy Burn and past the millpond.

    Crathes Castle and its grounds are open to visitors throughout the year. A visitor centre provides information about the castle and its surroundings, as well as an exhibition exploring the wildlife of the Crathes Estate. There is a tea shop on site and a car park for any size of car.

    4 Visitor Attraction
    Green Tourism Silver
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

    Grounds and Estate:
    All year, daily

    3 January to 31 March, Sat-Sun, 11-3.45
    1 April to 31 October, daily, 10.30-5
    1 November to 23 December, Sat-Sun, 10.30-3.45

    Garden, Café and Gift Shop:
    3 January to 31 March, Sat-Sun, 11-4
    1 April to 31 October, daily, 10.30-5
    1 November to 23 December, Sat-Sun, 10.30-4

    Note: Last admission to castle 3pm winter, 4pm summer.
    Castle, shop and café also open daily 27-31 December


    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site Open throughout the year, the Courtyard Cafe sells hot and cold food, a variety of teas and coffee, as well as traditional home baking.
    • Shop Open throughout the year, the gift shop sells a selection of Scottish food and gifts, as well as a variety of books.


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Garden


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • Parking


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


    • Picnic Area

    Payment Methods

    • Delta Card
    • Mastercard
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card

    Wedding Services

    • Able to erect a marquee
    • Civil Ceremony
    • In-house Co-ordinator
    • Luxury Venue
    • Reception Facilities
    • Religious Ceremony
    • Romantic Location
    • Wedding Packages Available

    Transport within Scotland

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    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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