Crathes Castle is a 16th century castle near Banchory in the Aberdeenshire
region of Scotland. This harled castle was built by the Burnetts
of Leys and was held in that family for almost 400 years. The castle
and grounds are presently owned and managed by the National Trust
for Scotland and are open to the public.
Crathes sits on land given as a gift to the Burnett of Leys family
by King Robert the Bruce in 1323. Construction of the current tower
house of Crathes Castle was begun in 1553 but delayed several times
during its construction due to political problems during the reign
of Mary, Queen of Scots.