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 Castles of Scotland - Castle Fraser






Location
Kemnay, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Description
Castle Fraser is a well-preserved elaborate five storey tower building near Inverurie, built from local granite. Castle Fraser has a Z-shaped architecture with a main rectangular building and two towers at diagonally opposing corners of the rectangle. This was a popular style of Scottish castle. The Entrance Hall has a display of weaponry. The castle was originally known as Muchall-in-Mar. The Frasers began construction in 1575 and the castle was completed in 1636. The castle stands in over 300 acres of open woodland and farmland, including a walled garden. It is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland and is open to tourists during the summer months. It can also be hired for weddings and corporate events.

The Arts
Castle Fraser has recently been used as a backdrop for some of the scenes shot in the BAFTA, Golden Globe and Academy Award winning film "The Queen", starring Helen Mirren.

Legends
Legend has it that a Princess was murdered in The Green Room, and then her body was dragged down the castle stairs leaving a trail of blood. The bloodstains could not be scrubbed away and were covered with wood panelling. It is said she still walks the castle at night and unexplained ghostly piano music has been heard in the castle at night.


Other Castles in the Area
  Balfluig Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Birse Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Cluny Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Craigievar Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Crathes Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Dunnideer Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Esslemont Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Forbes Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Fyvie Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Harthill Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Leslie Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Licklyhead Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Midmar Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Muchalls Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Tolquhon Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Udny Castle, Aberdeenshire







Udny Castle
Castle Fraser

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Udny Castle
Castle Fraser

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Udny Castle
Castle Fraser

Photograph by Cait Hurley. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)


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