Castle Fraser, Garden & Estate

Gifts & Collectables

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.

    Opening Times
    2016 Opening Times
    2 Apr 2016 - 31 Oct 2016

    Gardens and Grounds: All year, daily
    Castle, Tearoom and Shop:
    1 Apr to 30 Jun, Wed-Sun 11-5 (last entry 4.15)
    1 Jul to 31 Aug, daily 11-5 (last entry 4.15)
    1 Sep to 31 Oct, Wed-Sun (last entry 4.15)
    Restaurant (Evenings Only):
    All year, Thu-Sat
    Booking only, please call 01467 642834


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


    • No Smoking Permitted


    • Rural Location

    Special Requirements

    • Children Welcome
    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Families
    • Groups Welcome
    • School Groups Welcome
    • Senior Citizens
    • Single Travellers
    • Young People


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Garden
    • Gift Shop

    Payment Methods

    • Delta Card
    • Mastercard
    • Solo Card
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • Cycle Rack

    Public Transport Directions

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

    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.


    Off A944

    Transport within Scotland

    For public transport information to visit here from within Scotland, enter your postcode and visit date below.

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair
      • the gift shop


    • There is an audible alarm system
    • Seating available throughout the attraction at appropriate intervals, for visitors with limited mobility
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for wheelchair users
      • some routes
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility
      • some routes
    • Where appropriate there is a hearing loop system [e.g. ticket counter/ gift shop]

    Ticket / Information / Gift Shop [where applicable]

    • Information available in alternative formats
      • Large print (at least 14 point)

    Cafeteria / Restaurant

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the :
      • cafeteria


    • The route from the parking area to the nearest public entrance is :
      • flat, ie. without steps
    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site
      • With designated parking for visitors with disabilities

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

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