GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Crathes Castle Walks

3 miles (5 km)

This 16th-century tower house in Banchory is surrounded by 600 acres of formal gardens, woodland and rolling countryside. It's perfect for a peaceful afternoon stroll with six waymarked walks of varying lengths.
Highlights include a lovely walled garden with gravel paths, some marvellous topiary and wonderful specimen plants in herbaceous borders.
To continue your walking in the area you could head east and visit the splendid Drum Castle. There's a series of nice trails to try here with woodland, an arboretum and a rose garden. Also in Banchory you can visit the wonderful Falls of Feugh where you can watch the salmon leaping up the cascade.


AB31 5QJ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Crathes Castle OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Crathes Castle Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


There's a good on site cafe with outdoor seating. They sell a good range of meals, snacks and sweet treats.

Dog Walking

The woodland and parkland trails at the site are ideal for dog walks. You'll probably bump into other owners on your visit. Please note only assistance dogs are allowed in the public buildings, the Walled Garden and Wild Wood Adventure Play areas though.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The long distance Deeside Way passes south of the castle. This waymarked trail will take you west along the river to Banchory. Heading east will take you to Peterculter.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Crathes Castle - - 605313

Crathes Castle. There is always a lovely show of daffodils in spring time.

June Border at Crathes Castle Gardens - - 94037

June Border at Crathes Castle Gardens

Pond in Crathes Castle - - 974892


Crathes Castle loch - - 605339

Crathes Castle loch

Parterre, Crathes Castle - - 1014830


Ancient yews at Crathes Castle - - 865517

Ancient yews at Crathes Castle. With a Starling leaving its nest hole in the 'manicured' nearest tree.

West Lodge, Crathes Castle - - 572220

West Lodge. On North Deeside Road.

Formal Garden at Crathes Castle - - 924191

Formal Garden


GPS Files

GPX File

Crathes Castle.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Crathes Castle.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)