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Crathes Castle, Banchory

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Crathes Castle (pronounced KRATH-iss) 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.

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  • I've been coming here for more than 20 years and it's still a treat every time. If you get the weather on your side you can easily spend half a day there if you wanted. Play parks have been upgraded.....  more »
  • Really disappointed. Went here today to find that everything is closed on a Tuesday & Wednesday. As fully paid up members I was disgusted to see that the play park is fenced off and you have to pay...  more »
  • Very pleased. Be aware, now changed to castle tours but very informative and we had an excellent guide on the 11.30am this morning. Takes approximately an hour. Lots of turret stairs so many floors but worth getting to the top and the views of the gardens are spectacular. Yew hedges managed beautifully and herbaceous borders amazing! Good tearoom and clean toilets!
  • Definitely worth seeing. The drive to the castle is beautiful. The tour or the castle was fun and informative. The gardens are quite nice. The cafe has a good selection of food and beverages, plus millionaire shortbread!
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