Crathes Castle, Gardens and Estate
Crathes Castle Banchory, AB31 5QJ
Crathes Castle is the seat of the ancient family of Burnett of Leys. It is of special interest because of its painted ceilings and fine furniture, and for the ancient Horn of Leys which was gifted to the Leys Family by Robert the Bruce.
The gardens at Crathes are amongst the very best in Scotland with a very varied collection of plants, including rare trees and shrubs. Within the walled garden there are eight distinct gardens, historic topiary and the world famous June border.
Crathes Estate has several way-marked woodland walks, a Taste of Grampian restaurant, National Trust Shop, and Rockwall.
Banchory’s famous landmark, Scolty Tower was built in memory of local man General William Burnett who fought alongside Wellington in the Napoleonic Wars. It was recently restored and is a popular place with both locals and visitors. A fantastic short walk with steep climb to the summit of Scolty Hill where you can climb the spiral staircase to the top of the tower for an even better view of the surrounding countryside.