Crathes Castle & Gardens

50% off Admission

Crathes Castle and Gardens - National Trust for Scotland


Painted ceilings and family portraits adorn this turreted castle, set among sculpted yew trees and nature trails.

Wander through the historic walled garden, which was voted as the top garden in Scotland by Garden News Magazine and admire the iconic yew hedges, planted as early as 1702.

Explore this magnificent 16th-century castle, with its intricate maze of turrets, towers, oak panels and painted ceilings.

Don’t miss the Horn of Leys, given to the Burnett family in the 14th century by Robert the Bruce.

Spot a rich variety of wildlife along our six way-marked trails, including roe deer, red squirrels, woodpeckers, buzzards and herons.

Standing against a backdrop of rolling hills and set within its own glorious gardens, Crathes Castle is every inch the classic Scottish tower house, which is a fantastic day out for all the family.

Crathes Castle Estate incorporates a range of way-marked, clearly signposted trails, as well the Wildwood Adventure Play and Go Ape Treetop Adventures.

Look out for wildlife along the way – you may see red squirrels, woodpeckers and herons.

Normal Full Price

  • Adult £14.50
  • Child £7.25

Crathes Castle, Banchory, Aberdeenshire. AB31 5QJ


Last entry to castle at 15:30

4 Sep–31 Dec, Fri–Mon, 10.00–16.00


6 Jul–31 Oct, daily, 10.30–16.00

1 Nov–31 Dec, daily, 11.00–16.00


4 Sep–31 Dec, Fri–Mon, 10.00–16.00


6 Jul–31 Dec, daily, dawn–dusk



Northern Highlights Pass Offer:

50% Off Standard Admission to Crathes Castle

Visit one of the eleven National Trust for Scotland properties in NE Scotland, where History and Heritage come to life.

All visits to Crathes Castle are led by experienced guides, on one of their informative guided tours.

Please phone or check the website for details of tour timings.

What you need to know:

Please note that parking charges apply.

Crathes Castle, Garden and Estate welcomes dogs and their responsible owners. Only assistance dogs are allowed in the public buildings, the Walled Garden and Wild Wood Adventure Play.

The ground floor of the castle is wheelchair accessible, although the upper levels are only accessible by stairs, mostly narrow spiral staircases.

Most of the walled garden and the path to Caroline’s Garden is fully is wheelchair accessible, although most of the way-marked trails are not suitable for wheelchairs.

The Courtyard Café and Gift Shop are fully accessible and also has accessible toilets.

Crathes Castle, Garden and Estate hosts a vibrant programme of events in order to offer something exciting for everyone. Occasionally this means that the Castle is not accessible to visitors, or there may be extra charges, so please check in advance to avoid disappointment.

All visits to Crathes Castle are led by our experienced guides, on one of our informative guided tours. Please phone or check the website for details of tour timings.

Please note you cannot use The Northern Highlights Pass in conjunction with any other offer.

Set in the stunning countryside of Royal Deeside, Belwade Farm is the Aberdeenshire home of World Horse Welfare. Belwade is a great place to discover the charity’s work first hand and spend a day with the family.

Belwade Farm is home to around 65 horses in need at any one time. Here they can undergo rehabilitation before finding loving new homes through World Horse Welfare’s rehoming scheme. Why not come and meet them and find out more about the work World Horse Welfare do to help the horses of today and tomorrow?

World Horse Welfare Belwade Farm, A93, Aboyne AB34 5BJ

Opening Hours
The Bistro & Visitor Centre are open all year Wednesday-Sunday, from 10am to 4pm, and admission is free.

Northern Highlights Pass Offer:

15% Off Horse Charity Tour with Scottish Afternoon Tea presented by World Horse Welfare

New for 2020!

Be welcomed along to Belwade Farm the Scottish home to World Horse Welfare.

You will be introduced the charity within our conference room before heading round all local areas of the farm; some of which are not accessible to the general public!

Your dedicated tour guide has a wealth of knowledge to share with you throughout the experience.

The tour will last approximately an hour and a half, you will then visit Belwade Bistro for a delicious Scottish themed afternoon tea, where you will have the opportunity to chat through the experience with other attendees and ask any further questions that you may have.

Your tour guide will cover history, our international work, our campaigns, our work right here in the UK, the role of Belwade Farm, meeting the horses and much more.

Please attend wearing suitable clothing and footwear for the weather conditions on the day.

For further information please give us a call on 013398 85398 or email [email protected]

Maximum booking of 20 online.  However larger groups can be accommodated by telephone booking 013398 85398.

Full Price will be £19.50 per adult, £12.50 per child (12years and under), product not suitable for children 3years and under.

Product will be available to the general public at full price.

Belwade Farm reserves the right to cancel or postpone a tour in the event of severe weather conditions or other instance that may cause safety issues.

Participants are responsible for being at the facility before the start time.  We are unable to wait for late attendees so you would need to join in at whatever stage the tour was at when you arrived.

Belwade Farm accepts bookings online.  For groups larger than 20 or for groups that have any special requirements we ask you do your booking by telephone.  

Bookings are confirmed by email at time of booking and payment.

Ticket purchases become non refundable from 14 days before date booked.  If you choose to cancel before the 14th day you will be refunded minus our administration fee.  Cancellations should be made in writing by email or letter by the person who made the booking.

Belwade Farm will provide a safety brief to all attendees before visiting the farm.  Participants must comply with safety instruction provided.

"Beautiful castle with lovely gardens and walks. Tours available for the castle. Cafe and play park for children. Highly recommend!"

FenellaS512, TripAdvisor Review

Covid - 19 Update

The garden and estate are open daily, and the castle, play park and shop will reopen on 4 September.
The café will offer a takeaway service as will the Wild Wood kiosk in the play park.
The toilet facilities at Crathes will be open at the same time.

Please read the NTS Guide on what to expect before you visit.