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.