Crathes Castle

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Crathes Castle: One of the most beautiful and best preserved castles in Scotland occupied by the Burnetts of Leys for over 350 years and set against a magnificent garden with its world-renowned June border. From the gallery on the top floor of the castle there are views of autumn colour and the white landscape of Aberdeenshire after snows and frost. Some parts of the garden will always stay green, irrespective of the time of year. And so it is with the ancient yew hedges that frame the upper parts of the garden, particularly the fountain and rose gardens.

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English garden:4.9/10
Stone castle:5.1/10
Popularity rank: #1874

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Legend

Built in the second half of the 16th-c, Crathes Castle is a superb example of a tower house of the period and is well known for the story of the ‘Green Lady’. Discover more about this unknown figure who has been seen crossing the Green Lady’s room to the fireplace where she lifts a baby into her arms and then disappears. A child’s skeleton was discovered under the chimneypiece during some renovations.

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How to get here

Car

Crathes Castle is 15m W of Aberdeen and 3m E of Banchory
On A93

Bus

Stagecoach Bluebird bus numbers 201, 202 and 203 from Aberdeen Bus Station stop at the entrance to Crathes Estate.

Train

From Aberdeen Railway Station, take the Stagecoach Bluebird bus numbers 201, 202 or 203 from Aberdeen Bus Station, which is right next to the railway station. These buses stop at the entrance to Crathes Estate.

Admission

Opening times (June):
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
10:30 - 16:3010:30 - 16:3010:30 - 16:3010:30 - 16:3010:30 - 16:3010:30 - 16:3010:30 - 16:30

Opening times (July - August):
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
10:30 - 17:3010:30 - 17:3010:30 - 17:3010:30 - 17:3010:30 - 17:3010:30 - 17:3010:30 - 17:30

Opening times (Setember - October):
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
10:30 - 16:3010:30 - 16:3010:30 - 16:3010:30 - 16:30-10:30 - 16:3010:30 - 16:30

Prices:
AdultChildFamily
£10.50£7.50£26.00

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Contact

Address: Crathes Castle, Banchory, Aberdeen, Grampian, AB31 5QJ, UK
Phone: 0844 4932166
Email: crathes@nts.org.uk

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