Crathes Castle

Scotland is known for it’s many castles.  Crathes Castle (pronounced Krah’-thehs) is one of the best preserved.  The property had been handed down through generations for 350 years and was occupied as recently as the 1950’s.

Since it’s winter, there were not that many people there and we got a personal tour for just our family!  They told us about all the history of the castle.  The land was given by King Robert the Bruce in 1323.  The castle was built for defense with super thick walls and narrow slits for windows. The coat of arms for the owning family features a hunting horn which is there on display in the family room.  The castle was modernized in the 1930’s with bigger windows and newer kitchen features.

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