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Castle Fraser

| Sauchen, Inverurie AB51 7LD, Scotland
0844 493 2164
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Inverurie
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
Owner description: Castle Fraser is a grand baronial castle dating from the 16th century, and is the largest and most elaborate of Scottish castles built on the Z plan... more » Owner description: Castle Fraser is a grand baronial castle dating from the 16th century, and is the largest and most elaborate of Scottish castles built on the Z plan design. There are plenty of quirky features to discover in the castle - such as the Laird's Lug, hidden trapdoors revealing secret stairs, a spy hole, a room full of stuffed animals and a wooden leg!As you venture through the castle and up to the... round tower, with its panoramic views of the gardens and estate beyond, you get a sense of life from the medieval to the Victorian period. Although the main castle was completed around 1636, there were several 18th- and 19th-century alterations. To a large extent the story of Castle Fraser is the story of its lairds.It retains the atmosphere of the family home with portraits, furniture and mementos. Highlights include the Great Hall dating back to the 1400s, a library filled with family books, and the grand Worked Room featuring 18th-century embroideries.New to Castle Fraser for 2012 is an exhibition in a previously unopened room in the castle. The exhibition, entitled “Women of Strength” has been kindly sponsored by Exxon Mobil and features information on the historical development of the garden, grounds and castle and the involvement of Elyza Fraser and Lavinia Smiley.Outside, two waymarked walks give magnificent views of the local hills.Miss Bristow's Trail (1.25 miles) - a walk on forest paths, taking you past old estate stonework including the Moses Well and a hydraulic ram (water pump). This walk is not accessible by wheelchairs or pushchairs.The Alton Brae Trail (1.5 miles) - a walk on forest paths including steep sections and steps, leading you down to the flight pond with its amazing wildlife including 10 species of dragonflies, damselflies, frogs, toads, newts and many aquatic invertebrates. This walk is not accessible by wheelchairs or pushchairs.The children's Woodland Secrets play area is an enchanting wooded area with a tepee, bamboo snake walk, giant xylophone and lots of other areas for children to hide and climb. The whole children's area is built from natural materials and is therefore very environmentally friendly. There is access to this area by wheelchairs and pushchairs. « less
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London, England, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This August, we returned to Scotland for our 10 year wedding anniversary trip and we decided to return to Castle Fraser as we were married there. The castle was still as beautiful as ever, and we even managed a visit to the gardens this time as we were unable to last time due to the weather. The castle was as... More

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Fraserburgh, United Kingdom
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9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

A quite place to go walking lots of path ways each one well marked with the distance to go, Or take a seat for some quite relaxation we did not go into the buildings due to taking longer than expected to go walking but that's due to the nice female company distracting me.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

Just picked it because it was a castle close to where we were staying. Nice country location. A bit surprised that the entrance to the castle proper was pretty much just like the front door to your house, but inside it was definitely a castle. Nicely restored and decorated. Enjoyed the story about how the lord used to secretly listen... More

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Inverurie, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Visited here with friends on their recommendation and was not disappointed. Beautiful menu , I was at a loss as to what to order as it all sounded lovely! Decided on the rack of lamb which was perfectly pink and very tender. Good food, goodwine, and good company, what more could a body ask for??

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Aberdeen
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I love Fraser castle. My family have been visiting since i was a little girl. There are always different events being held here for the whole family to enjoy. Great place for a picnic. The castle tour is really good and well presented.

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Turriff
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

A super Castle to view, with lovely grounds and exceptionally friendly and knowledgable staff - at least judged by the ones we spoke with - who are willing to spend a lot of time with you individually. My husband was using a stick to get around, and was given permission to go up & come down the stairs "the wrong... More

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Aberdeen
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3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Amazing view from the top of the tower, the property is very interesting and the grounds a pleasure to stroll round. All round a great place to relax and enjoy.

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Cheadle, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We visited this Castle on a Sunday in June, whilst holidaying in Scotland. The day we picked, there was a vintage steam rally in the grounds, so it very busy outside of the castle. We are UK National Trust members and we did get in for free to see this castle. It does look like a fairytale castle and it... More

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Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

My sister and I visited this castle in June. We had a wonderful visit and would recommend a visit. If you are members of the National Trust, your visit and parking is free. We went inside and even ate in the tea room. Definitely come here if you are in the vicinity.

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This castle is gorgeous! It is a truly fairy tale like castle only in real life. It is so picturesque. There is a fee of course, and they don't let you take photos inside because the flashes damage the old tapestries and all that, but the tour is a learning experience. I went to this castle because I am a... More

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