CRATHES CASTLE GARDENS AND ESTATE Crathes, Banchory AB31 5QJ
16th-century tower house, 240 hectares of formal gardens, woodland walks and rolling
Scottish countryside. Cafe, gift shop, adventure playground, Go Ape tree top adventure
and Arting Around studio.
CRAIGIEVAR CASTLE Alford AB33 8JF
17th Century fairytale castle of Scottish Baronial architecture. Great tower, fine collection
of family portraits, original plaster ceilings, original Jacobean woodwork beautiful furniture, extensive parkland grounds, two way-marked walks, small Victorian kitchen garden and Scottish glen garden.
DUNNOTTAR CASTLE Stonehaven, AB39 2TL
Dramatic and evocative ruined cliff top fortress, keep, barracks, lodgings, stables, chapel
and drawing room. Neglected after the Jacobite rising of 1715 and made open to visitors
after repairs began in 1925. Well-marked coastal path.
BALMORAL CASTLE Balmoral Estates, Ballater AB35 5TB
Scottish Home of the Royal Family since purchased by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria
in 1852. Formal gardens, kitchen garden, Victorian glasshouses, conservatory, water
garden, gift shop and coffee shop.
CASTLE FRASER Kemnay, AB51 7LD
19th Century Z-plan Castle on 140 acres of farmland. Woodland Trails, walled garden, adventure playground and tearoom.
DRUM CASTLE Drumoak AB31 5EY
Unique combination of 13th Century Square Tower, Jacobean Mansion and Victorian
additions. Superb furniture, fine paintings, battlements, garden of historic roses,
children’s playground and tearoom.