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Address: | Sauchen, Inverurie AB51 7LD, Scotland
Phone Number: 0844 493 2164
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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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The castle itself was extraordinary as were the grounds. It was amazing to see how large the cooking fireplace was and how steeply narrow the stairways were. There is a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 7, 2015
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Auburn, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

The castle itself was extraordinary as were the grounds. It was amazing to see how large the cooking fireplace was and how steeply narrow the stairways were. There is a “Fraser’s Only” guestbook you can sign. There was a splendid view where we discovered the walled garden. The unicorn and lion symbol on the exterior wall of the courtyard, seeing... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

The castle is lovely. Highlight was tea and scones in the castle kitchen! The fayre tables were spread through out the castle showing wares of artists of the Highlands. Some beautiful merchandise. One was able to see the castle rooms but due to the fayre, a regular tour was not available and we did not get the castle details or... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

Dating back to the 15th Century, Castle Fraser is the ancestral home of the Fraser family. Today the National Trust for Scotland look after this splendid property. It's a real family home complete with portraits and momentos. Look out for special events at the castle, enjoy walks through the grounds or visit the lovely tea room. This atmospheric property will... More 

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ashford
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

Unfortunately this castle was closed when I visited (so check before you visit). But lovely grounds to walk around. Very attractive castle, would've loved to have seen inside.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

My husband and I went with a friend and her son to the castle for a day of dowsing! After we had finished we went into the tea room for a nice cuppa and a fine piece. The place is really lovely and such a nice atmosphere. Staff were really nice and the food was good. We really enjoyed the... More 

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East Kilbride
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Visited with daughter and 2 grandchildren who much enjoyed the play area with its wig-wam and other delights before going in to the castle itself. Much of interest for the adults with good staff ready to explain and an impressive Great Hall. The 5 year old looked out for the hidden lego figures and the boy of 8 completed the... More 

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

The Castle is full of history and all the guides were very informative when you entered the different rooms.

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Glasgow, Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Visited with my 2 kids and their Grandpa. This is a very picturesque Castle which is great to explore. It's in excellent condition with interesting artefacts and guides. To keep the kids happy there was a bat quiz, and also a find-the-Lego-men hunt. The Castle is set in beautiful grounds with loads of space for a pleasant walk/run around. There's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

A lovely easy peaceful circular woodland walk, via a the lake back towards the castle and gardens. The castle is worth a visit and enjoy a fine cup of tea and home bakes in the tea room.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015 via mobile

This is a place where you can bring your family too. The garden is very nice, the castle is neatly decorated. Though be careful of some "ladies siting on the chair knitting". And there are some steep sets of stairs too. But overall it's worth the trip.

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