Attraction in Inverurie
The most elaborate 'Z' plan castle in Scotland, and one of the grandest Castles of Mar, was begun in 1575 by the 6th laird, Michael Fraser, and incorporates an earlier building. The castle was completed in 1636 and was the masterpiece of two great families of master masons, Bell and Leiper. The armorial panel high on the north side of the castle is signed 'I Bel'. Castle Fraser belongs to the same period of native architectural achievements as two neighbouring castles, Crathes and Craigievar, both owned by the Trust.
Evidence suggests that before the castle was built, the site was occupied by a plain rectangular tower house not unlike the old tower house at Drum Castle. The striking simplicity of the Great Hall and the stout walls do much to evoke the atmosphere of past centuries. 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 new shop which stocks a range of exclusive gifts. A formal garden has been recreated in the old walled garden.
Months Open: Castle: Apr - Sep and weekends in October; Grounds: all year
Car Parking: Yes
Admission Price: £6
Gift Shop: Yes
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