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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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I visited a lot of castles in Scotland but this was one of my favourites. I found it to be really interesting and the views from the top were lovely. The people working at the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Nice place, but what should have been a 55 min drive turned into 2 1/2 hours. Very little signage to help you get there...a common complaint apparently.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I visited a lot of castles in Scotland but this was one of my favourites. I found it to be really interesting and the views from the top were lovely. The people working at the castle were friendly and informative. A really great visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Wonderful exterior, pleasant interior and lovely to be able to get out onto the roof to enjoy the views, but I visited Castle Fraser during a castle-themed holiday in Aberdeenshire and it didn't quite match up to the others. Still worth seeing, and there is also a walled garden which is pretty and well maintained. I have seen that other... More 

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Spangdahlem, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

My family name is Fraser with ties to Aberdeenshire so I am biased! I loved being able to see this castle! The grounds are beautiful and the inside has held up well.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

You will hardly think so when driving down the drive but you will need to continue to the front to see its best angle. Looking almost like a disney castle its set in well groomed parkland and has aample parking. There is a pop up restaurant on most evenings of the summer which is excellent.

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Appin, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

What's not to like about a castle that looks like this one? You park and then approach it either down the long, long drive that one can just imagine arriving to in Cinderella's pumpkin coach, or through the woods and past the delightful walled garden. The house has explanation cards in each room, but also, there are helpful and informative... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Interesting castle to visit, seeing how it grew over the centuries. A nice touch is being able to go out on to the top of the tower, with magnificent views. Lovely tea room too with home baking.

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Retford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

It is an unguided tour but with very enthusiastic guides in most rooms. You make your way up one tower - even as far as the roof - and down again. The tea room was very good too, with tasty reasonably priced light meals. The grounds are extensive and we didn't really explore much as it was raining but there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We visited with our teenaged sins and had a great time! The guides within the castle were outstanding giving us lots if great details and facts. The guides would share as little or as much as we wanted. I was very excited to get some extra information about my family history from one of the guides who shared additional information... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

I live up near this castle but never visited, got myself a nts membership card and going to visit castles in my area. Very interesting and staff helpful, great walks in the area. There was a wedding on when we were they which made it more special.

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Address: | Sauchen, Inverurie AB51 7LD, Scotland
Phone Number: 0844 493 2164
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Aberdeenshire  >  Inverurie

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