The most elaborate Z -plan castle in Scotland, and one of the grandest Castles of Mar, 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, Berll and Leiper. The castle belongs to the same period of native architectural achievement as two neighbouring castles, Crathes and Craigievar, both owned by the the Trust. 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 historic walled garden features shrubs, flowers, wall-trained fruit and vegetables. The estate contains a flight pond, mixed woodland and open farmland, with two waymarked walks giving magnificent views of the local hills. There is also an excellent tea room with home baked produce. There are various events throughout the year check at
Address Sauchen, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire AB51 7LD, well signed from main road.
Tel: 01330 833463 email:
1st April to 30th June, Friday-Tuesday 12 - 5.30
1st September to 30th September, Friday-Tuesday 12 - 5.30
1st July to 31st August Daily 11 - 5.30
The shop is at present open at the weekends 12 to 4.30, at certain periods in winter.
Prices: Adult £7, Concession £5.25, Adult Group £5.60, Family £19
Free when you have National Trust for Scotland Membership - to apply for membership - of gift membership for a great Christmas present this year, please telephone 0131 243 9555, alternatively email
You can also book yourself a holiday apartment at the castle - for further information please contact holidays: 0131 243 9331, email
The Society would like to thank the National Trust for Scotland for the information provided and the efficient help they gave us.