DiCamillo Companion
Scotland

Crathes Castle

  • House & Family History: The Great Hall of Crathes displays the ancient Horn of Leys, given to Alexander Burnett by King Robert the Bruce in 1323. The king granted the Leys lands to the Burnett family in 1323; the Horn of Leys was a symbol of his gift. Crathes is noted for its fairytale-like turrets.

    Comments: Crathes has some of the finest Renaissance (Jacobean) painted ceilings in Scotland.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: There are eight gardens at Crathes, including a notable Walled Garden. The yew hedges date from 1702.

  • House Listed: Category A

    Park Listed: Outstanding

  • Past Seat of: Leys family, 13th century. Alexander Burnett, 14th century.

    Current Ownership Type: The National Trust for Scotland

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 01330-844-525

    Fax: 01330-844-797

    Website: http://www.nts.org.uk

    Historic Houses Member: No