The Deeside area is home to a splendid collection of castles and each have their own unique character.
Crathes Castle is the seat of the ancient family of Burnett of Leys. It is of special interest because of its painted ceilings and fine furniture, and for the ancient Horn of Leys which was gifted to the Leys Family by Robert the Bruce. The old tower house, which forms the nucleus of the castle, is one of the finest specimens of Scottish baronial architecture.
The gardens at Crathes are amongst the very best in Scotland with a very varied collection of plants, including rare tress and shrubs. Within the walled garden there are eight distinct gardens, historic topiary and the world famous June border.
Crathes Estate has several way-marked woodland walks, a Taste of Grampian restaurant, National Trust Shop, and Rockwall.