Crathes Castle

The castle is located near Banchory on Royal Deeside, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
It was built by the Burnett family on land gifted by King Robert the Bruce in 1323. The castle and grounds have been in the care of the National Trust for Scotland since 1952.

It is arguably the jewel in the crown of Scottish castles enhanced by a stunning Arts and Crafts garden and grounds which include woodland, marsh, ponds and stream.

The L-shaped harled building, with its magnificent riot of turrets and corbels, in combination with the plethora of hidden delights in the grounds, give the estate a magical atmosphere which easily lends itself to a wealth of artistic interpretations.

NTS Arts Competition

This work won The National Trust for Scotland Arts Competition in 2010 in the established artists section.

The scene for this work is set in the walled garden against the backdrop of the castle where we come across its best kept secret - at certain times when nobody is looking the fountain cherubs come to life and play hide and seek in their own enchanted world.