Crathes is a sixteenth century castle with a twentieth century Arts and Crafts garden. It might be described as ‘The Sissinghurst of Scotland’. The baronial tower, beside which the garden stands, dates from the late 1500s. For centuries the tower stood in lonely isolation, protecting the Burnett family and allowing them fine views of the woods and moors. In the twentieth century a fine walled garden was made by Sir James Burnett of Leys, with sculptured topiary and brilliant planting covering 595 acres.
8 colourful gardens were created within it and are open to visitors all year round. The Old Horsemill has been converted into an attractive licensed restaurant where you can relax and enjoy fine hospitality in perfect surroundings. There is also a shop offering an exclusive range of gifts and souvenirs. Six exciting woodland walks and an adventure playground in an exhibition area for children offer interest for visitors of all ages.