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Castle Fraser


Castle Fraser with its towering granite walls rising up to turreted battlements is arguably the most imposing-looking castle on the Aberdeenshire Castle Trail.

This Castle is an excellent place to visit as it has a large number of rooms to view, is very attractive inside, and has some unusual features and quirky ghost stories.

A tour through the castle takes you through several periods in history from the medieval Great Hall to the comfortable Victorian bedrooms. You should allow 45 - 60 minutes for the tour of the castle.

Interesting things to look out for are the Laird’s Lug in a corner of the "Worked Room". The Laird's Lug is a small room hidden above the Great Hall where the Laird could listen in to the conversations of his visitors.  And when you visit the "Bailiff's Room" you need to search for the spy hole that looks down on the Great Hall. There is also a grim room full of stuffed animal heads and in the Library, you can see the wooden leg that Colonel Charles Fraser wore after an injury in the 1812 Peninsular War. 

The gardens have undergone major redevelopment work to return them to the style and appearance that they would have had during the 18th-century.


Sauchen, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire AB51 7LD

Operated by:

National Trust for Scotland

Opening Hours:

5 Jan – 29 Feb, Thu–Sun, 10.30 – 16.00 (guided tours only)
1 Mar – 28 Mar, Fri–Tue, 10.30 – 16.00 (last entry 15.00)
29 Mar – 30 Jun, Fri–Tue, 10.30 – 16.30 (last entry 15.30)
1 Jul – 1 Sep, daily, 10.30 – 16.30 (last entry 15.30)
2 Sep – 13 Oct, Fri–Tue, 10.30 – 16.30 (last entry 15.30)
14 Oct – 27 Oct, daily, 10.30 – 16.30 (last entry 15.30)
28 Oct – 16 Dec, Fri–Mon, 10.30 – 16.00 (last entry 15.00)


Adult £ 15.50, Senior £ 12, Family £ 35




Information sheets in English in each room. Some information sheets in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish available at reception.


Entrance Hall and gardens only. Spiral stairs connect the upper floors.






Yes, in the Castle's old kitchens

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