The road through Aberdeenshire is speckled with emerald green rolling hills, quaint farmlands and magnificent medieval castles.
We were stalled twice, on our way to Crathes Castle, by moving cattle. We didn’t mind the delay.
We weren’t expecting to happen upon Crathes, we actually passed by it and had to turn around to take a look.
Unfortunately we had burned ‘castle hours’ away at Dunnottar, so a walk of the grounds, snapping a few photos was all we could manage. Not that we were disappointed!
The land was gifted to the family by King Robert the Bruce in 1323.
According to Wikipedia, it was given to the National Trust for Scotland by the 13th Baronet of Leys, Sir James Burnett in 1951.
The grounds have been essentially the same since 1702 and are open all year round to the public.
We did sit for a moment on a bench overlooking the perfectly manicured greenery, bathing in the energy of the incredible surroundings.
With so much more to see, it was time to head back out down the long narrow path from Crathes Castle – full of walking trails for active visitors.
The ‘new’ stone guard house at the Crathes entry dates 1858.
The land encompassing Aberdeenshire, was full of incredible natural colour. The obvious greens, but also purple and pink and blue and orange. Truly, you could find a rainbow, if you looked in the right places.
We head up the A980 on the advice of our magical gift map, on the promise of an amazing ancient historical ‘discovery’. We were in a hurry now, to catch the last light of the day…
Many additional photos in the slideshow.