Aberdeenshire is full of scenic walks, beautiful countryside and of course, historic castles! My last Explore Scotland adventure took me to my favourite castle; Castle Fraser. Located on the outskirts of Kemnay, Castle Fraser sits beautifully hidden away amongst the surrounding countryside.
April 1 – 30 June, Wed-Sun, 10.30-17.00 (last entry 16.00)
July 1 – 30 September, daily, 10.30-17.00 (last entry 16.00)
October 1 – 31, Wed-Sun, 10.30-17.00 (last entry 16.00)
Single Adult Family: £18.00
Castle Fraser is a place i visit on a regular basis. I don’t know what it is about this castle in particular but there’s something special about it i just love. I instantly feel more relaxed once i’m walking around the grounds, soaking up all the scenery. The castle on its own, is stunning! It has been perfectly renovated to look almost exactly how it did during the time of the 1st laird. Sadly it’s been a while since i last visited inside the castle, due to now being a dog owner, i don’t often get the chance to explore all the history inside.
Once inside the castle you can enjoy a tour of the old family Fraser home of 400 years. Explore the Great Hall, have a nosey into the Victorian bedrooms and discover a secret hidden chamber known as the Lairds Lug! I hope to visit inside the castle soon, so keep an eye out for a more in depth review of the castle!
My favourite thing about Castle Fraser is the garden, grounds & walks. They definitely cater for all ages. From their beautiful walled gardens to their magical woodlands secrets adventure playground. Castle Fraser ticks all the boxes for a great family day out.
The children’s playground is a lovely touch to the castle grounds. It definitely feels like you are in a little adventureland full of fun things to see and do. There are little wooden sculptures, a giant xylophone and of course the tree hut where you can try spot some wildlife. There is a lot to discover in the woodlands playground, i definitely recommend it for small kids.
Sadly i visited the walled garden at the wrong time of year, the flowers are not out in full swing as of yet. But when the summer months hit, i’m sure the garden will look beautiful! Please bare in mind that dogs are not allowed in the walled garden.
There are two walks on site; Miss Bristows Trail & Alton Brae Trail. I tend to go on the Miss Bristows Trail as it’s my personal favourite. This walk takes around 45 – 60 minutes, depending on how fast you walk! The walk is fully sign posted and there is a dog waste bin at the start of the trail. The trail starts just before the forest at the back of the castle grounds. The walk has a few historic pieces to discover which adds a great touch to the walk. There is also a small stream which is great for all you dog walkers whose dog needs a cool down!
Castle Fraser host a few events throughout the year. They kicked this year off with a massive easter egg hunt. Please click here to check out any future events.
Car park – Pay & Display £2
Toilets & Disabled toilets
Dog Waste Bins
Overall i’m really impressed with Castle Fraser. I am glad to have it on my Explore Scotland series. I will for sure be back within the next few weeks and i would recommend it to all!
Until the next adventure..