Location: Near Banchory, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Ownership / Access: National Trust for Scotland. Open to the public.
Opening Times: Check their website for more info.
Price of Admission: Check their website for more info.
Notes: Crathes Castle is a 16th-century castle near Banchory in the Aberdeenshire region of Scotland. This harled castle was built by the Burnetts of Leys and was held in that family for almost 400 years. The castle and grounds are owned and managed by the National Trust for Scotland and are open to the public. The castle estate contains 530 acres (2.1 km) of woodlands and fields, including nearly four acres (16,000 m) of walled garden. Within the walled garden are gravel paths with surrounding specimen plants mostly in herbaceous borders. Many of the plants are labelled with taxonomic descriptions. There is also a grass croquet court at a higher terraced level within the walled garden. Ancient topiary hedges of Irish yew dating from 1702 separate the gardens into eight themed areas. Crathes and its grounds are open to tourists throughout the year. A visitors centre provides information about the castle and its surroundings. There is a tea shop on site and a car park for any size of car.
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Crathes Castle - official site at National Trust for Scotland
Crathes Community Website
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