I promised on last Scotland photo post and here it is with photos of Crathes Castle, a 16th century building with a large estate and stunning gardens located some twenty kilometres west of Aberdeen. The castle is supposedly haunted by the ghost of a wronged servant girl. As usual, I didn’t see anything, though the room she is supposed to haunt was uncommonly gloomy.
Still, we got lucky and the weather was gorgeous when we visited, so there’s lots of beautiful autumn foliage to see behind the cut:
A happy cow on the Crathes Castle estate.
View through light-drenched woodland at a lake on Crathes Castle estate.
A lake with an island on Crathes Caslte estate. It looks almost like something out of a fairy tale.
A tower in the wall surrounding the castle gardens
View across the gardens with Crathes Castle in the background.
Crathes Castle itself, viewed from the gardens
Another view of the castle.
Close-up view of the castle.
View from the top floor of the castle across the gardens and the countryside beyond.
View across the gardens from the top floor of the castle. Note the shape of a yew trees and hedges in the lower left corner.
Another look at the massive and strangely shaped yew trees in the gardens. The yew trees and hedges supposedly date back to the 18th century.
Yew hedge with gate. The yew hedges in the gardens are so thick that they form grottoes and hideaways in some places. The kids visiting the castle loved them.
The kids were also quite enchanted with this tree in Crathes Castle gardens.
A dead yew tree in Crathes Castle garden.
Weathered stone stairs in Crathes Castle gardens
A pool/water basin in Crathes Castle gardens.
Another part of the garden with an Eros statue in the centre.
Another look at Crathes Castle garden.
A look across the garden. Note the gorgeous autumn colours of the foliage.
More gorgeous autumn colours.
Beautiful and interesting flower in Crathes Castle gardens. Unfortunately, I have no idea what this planet is called.
A bush with little snowball shaped blossoms. Again, I have no idea what this plant is called.
This flower is called “Herbstzeitlose” in German and “autumn crocus”, “meadow saffron” or “naked lady” in English. It’s poisonous, because it contains colchicin.