Only later, in 1553, did they begin to build the castle. It wasn't completed until at least 1596
and the east-wing was added in the 18th century.
The castle stayed in the hands of the same family until 1951 when Sir James Burnett presented Crathes to the National Trust for Scotland.
The current visitor centre stands in place of the Queen Anne wing which was destroyed by fire in 1966.
The castle is run by the National Trust for Scotland and is open all year (except Christmas & New Year) - click here for opening dates/times and prices.
The new Go Ape tree top adventure course with high wires and zip wire is open at Crathes to those over 10 years. Admission charge applies.
Self catering accommodation is available - visit the National Trust of Scotland holiday accommodation web site for details.
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