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Castle Fraser

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Address: | Sauchen, Inverurie AB51 7LD, Scotland
Phone Number: 0844 493 2164
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Description: Castle Fraser is a grand baronial castle dating from the 16th century, and...
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.
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An amazing home that just happens to be in a castle

Castle Fraser is a reasonably compact castle. Inside, two tight spiral staircases take you through the various levels with rooms off to each side. Each room is comfy and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Castle Fraser is a reasonably compact castle. Inside, two tight spiral staircases take you through the various levels with rooms off to each side. Each room is comfy and welcoming - beautifully converted from the original castle innards. At the top of one staircase is a door to the outside roof, giving wonderful views across the surrounding countryside. A good... More 

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Wonderful castle to visit, the tearoom is worth a visit as we were just in time for the latest chance to order and had latte and the most amazing home made cake with Apple berries and sponge, fantastic! We were too late to go around the house but went round the walled garden and some of the grounds along with... More 

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Aberdeen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Great place to visit, explore and walk with superb tearoom. The walled garden is excellent and the variety of walks are interesting with some easy walks and some a little more strenuous

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peterhead
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Had a fantastic day with I and the wife the castle is very interesting though what made or day was Bryce Reid what an absolute treasure this man knows everything spent a few hours in the castle and got heaps of info from this nice man will be back soon

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Perth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

To see the inside of the castle you follow a set path from room to room and level to level. There are information cards in each room to help you understand what it is you are looking at. In some rooms there is also a guide to provide further information. The guides are well informed and we found them very... More 

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Aberdeen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Fabulous for dog walking, history and great food in the restaurant. Book for dinner but remember it is BYOB.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This castle is worth visiting for the history of the family that lived there, and also the walled garden which is spectacular in summer. It's a self-guide tour, though the guides are knowledgeable and approachable. The view from the top is spectacular and worth the trek up all the spiral staircases. You should be aware that the car park costs... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

If you are a member of the the National Trust, then you can also get into National Trust for Scotland free too. So off we went visiting castles! What a gem this is. After parking up there are like lovely views of the castle as you walk down the avenue of trees. The castle itself is magnificent, the rooms are... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Even from the outside, Castle Fraser looks as though it might harbour a secret or two. You can see where different bits have been added and it has that air of charming mystery which is worth climbing several flights of spiral staircase to see. Great, simple and amusing guide sheets in the rooms and to carry around. There's even one... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Lovely castle and grounds . Excellent set up and easy to explore with a lot of information regarding the history of the castle Staff very helpful. Well worth a visit

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