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Crathes Castle, Garden and Estate

King Robert the Bruce granted the lands of Leys to the Burnett family in 1323. The ancient Horn of Leys, which can be seen today in the Great Hall, was presented by Bruce to the family as a symbol of his gift. The castle, built in the second half of the sixteenth century, is a superb example of a tower house of the period. Some of the rooms retain their original painted ceilings and collection of family portraits and furniture. A visit to this property is enhanced by the 1.5 ha (3.75 a) of walled garden, which incorporates herbaceous borders and many unusual plants. The garden provides a wonderful display at all times of the year. The great yew hedges, fascinating examples of the art of topiary, date from as early as 1702. The castle grounds are perfect for nature study and there are six exciting trails for visitors to enjoy. In the Visitor Centre are two permanent exhibitions.

Crathes Castle, Garden and Estate, Grampian Gardens open to the public


AB31 5QJ

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