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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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Turriff
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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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22 reviews 22 reviews
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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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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
8 helpful votes 8 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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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Went here for the steam rally in June. Although we didn't go inside, the grounds were lovely and the castle is beautiful to look at. Definitely work a visit.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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77 reviews 77 reviews
39 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We went on Saturday evening for a walk in the grounds. We were impressed with the childrens play area with beautiful wooden carvings and a wigwam. We were pleased that the walled garden was still open and loved the cat who was so friendly. There was a steam engine event on and we were lucky enough to enjoy watching them... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

A celebration dinner at this castle was a highlight of a recent trip to Scotland. Lovely grounds and 1st class food with great service. Highly recommended.

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Leyburn, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

So glad we visited Castle Fraser as the volunteers were so helpful, and it is so interesting. It wasn't probably a good idea to do two castles in one day what with all those spiral staircases (the other was Crathes Castle) but tired legs didn't stop us pushing on to reach the top. Again another great National Trust of Scotland... More

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Lerwick, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

I enjoyed touring the castle on my own - not being pushed by a group - and we got the surprise of an afternoon concert with Aberdeen String orchestra and choir - what a good way to show the accoustic!

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