Castle Fraser was built between 1575 and 1636 by the 6th laird, Michael Fraser, and was the supreme work of two great families of master masons, Bell and Leiper. The castle was built during the same period of native architectural achievement of the two neighbouring castles, Crathes and Craigievar.
One of its most evocative rooms is the strikingly simple Great Hall. The castle contains many Fraser family portraits, including one by Raeburn, and fine 18th- and 19th-century carpets, curtains and bed hangings. One of the 17th-century laigh biggins now contains a shop selling exclusive gifts. The estate contains a flight pond, mixed woodland, a walled garden and open farmland, with two waymarked walks giving magnificent views of the local hills.
Castle: 31 March to 30 Jun, WedSun (closed Mon and Tue) 115; 1 Jul to 31 Aug, daily 115; 1 Sep to 31 Oct, WedSun (closed Mon and Tue) 125 (last admission 45 mins before closing). Shop: same times as castle and also open 3 Nov to 16 Dec, Sat/Sun 124. Gardens and grounds: all year, daily. Property will be open on Bank Holiday weekends from Friday to Monday inclusive.
Sauchen Inverurie Aberdeenshire AB51 7LD Scotland