Crathes Castle

Banchory, United Kingdom

Crathes Castle is a 16th-century castle near Banchory in the Aberdeenshire region of Scotland. Construction of the current tower house of Crathes Castle was begun in 1553 but delayed several times during its construction due to political problems during the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots. It was completed in 1596 by Alexander Burnett of Leys, and an additional wing added in the 18th century.

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 contains a significant collection of portraits, and intriguing original Scottish renaissance painted ceilings survive in several Jacobean rooms.

During 2004 excavations uncovered a series of pits believed to date from about 10,000 years ago. The find was only analysed in 2013 and is believed to be the world's oldest known lunar calendar. It is believed that it was used from 8,000 BC to about 4,000 BC. It is believed to pre-date by up to five thousand years previously known time-measuring monuments in Mesopotamia.



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Founded: 1553-1596
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom


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Krzysztof Drzewiński (6 months ago)
Crathes Castle really is a treat! You can spend better part of the day there; this place has so much to offer. The castle seems to be much bigger inside than outside. The gardens are even better. For the fans of hiking there are also trails that go around the castle grounds. Great for the whole family. There's also a nice cafe by the castle where you can get some decent snacks.
Trish Wilson (7 months ago)
I read another review which stated most beautiful castle in UK. We have yet to see Balmoral (going tomorrow) and have seen Edinburgh Castle (more of a fortress). We agree this is a destination we would revisit if ever given the opportunity. Breathtaking, family friendly, many trails to enjoy on site. The gardens are spectacular!
Nick Young (7 months ago)
Beautiful gardens, nice cafe, and an interesting castle. Well worth the price of entry. There was a cost for car parking but the machines weren't working when we went. Lovely walks around the grounds too!
Clint Moreno (9 months ago)
A beautiful castle on some incredible grounds. Spend some time to walk and see the colorful gardens while here. Also if you are adventurous you can walk a sorry way through the woods to a pasture that has Highland Coos which might be hanging out close to the fence! There are also events occasionally on the grounds, so check the calendar!
Ajay Bali (11 months ago)
I am glad that the castle is still standing there for more than 100 years. This is a really beautiful castle with very big garden and with a big play ground. I spent a good time here with my family. Also, my nephew enjoyed it here, as this is a very big place to wander and have fun.
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