Visiting Crathes Castle
You could make an entire trip just out of visiting castles in Scotland. There are soooo many! I have already collected more brochures and flyers for castles than we can possibly see this year!
We stopped at Crathes Castle on our way home from a quick getaway last week. The castle is only about 25 minutes outside of Aberdeen and with the surrounding grounds and walks, would make a perfectly lovely family day trip.
Dating from the 16th century, the castle lands were actually a gift to the Burnett family from King Robert the Bruce in 1323. The ancient Horn Of Leys, a gift from the king, is still on display in the Great Hall.
The castle is beautifully furnished still (no pictures allowed inside), and you can tour it at your own pace. We enjoyed a visit with a lady who works there who was a wealth of information and history about the castle. And a storyteller to boot. She was precious! The castle was not busy while we were there (midweek), so I could have visited with her all day.
The views of the surrounding gardens and hills from inside the castle are just stunning!
We will most certainly return with the kids to picnic on the grounds.
You can also walk a series of trails that run into the surrounding countryside. LOVE!
Details if you go:
If you plan to see loads of castles in Scotland, it’s best to join the National Trust of Scotland, which gives you free admittance to many at once and is reciprocal in England and Ireland. Not all castles in Scotland are included, but it quickly becomes worth it to join for a year in order to see as many as you can, especially if you have as many in your party as we do! Here’s a brochure that shows which castles are included.