Castle Fraser

We went to another castle yesterday, Castle Fraser, which is about 16 miles west of Aberdeen. It’s a Scottish baronial castle built in the 15th century. Like all of the castles we’ve visited so far it is surrounded by gardens and woods with lots of lovely walks. There was also a wonderful children’s playground which was not like a modern playground at all but was set in a wooded area with play equipment made out of vines. Elizabeth just loved it. Here are some pics of the playground.

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The castle gardens were magnificent but I’m yet to visit a castle that does not have a magnificent walled garden.

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Here are some photos of the castle itself but none of the inside because photos were not allowed.

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The wooded area on the estate is managed with the help of the Forestry Commission and there were lots of young saplings which was good to see. There was also a field of very healthy and happy-looking cows. There were calves there too, including one in this next photo, drinking milk from their mothers. This is something rarely seen these days since we separate mothers from their babies at a very young age so we can take their milk instead. I can’t say enough how much this disturbs me given that we don’t need to drink milk from cows in order to survive. We are stealing the milk that is meant for a baby for our own convenience and without any good justification for doing so. This why I don’t drink milk.

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18 Comments

  1. What a lovely childhood your kids are getting 🙂 So nice to see Elizabeth enjoying all that greenery 🙂 And I love the “fairy” turrets on the castle. 🙂
    I agree about the calves taken away from their mum’s so soon. I have photos of cows being milked from my recent trip – but won’t get to them for a while yet!

    1. The kids seem to enjoy all the castle trips we’ve been doing. Most of the castles, all of them so far actually, have some kind of activity for the kids to do as you walk through the rooms.

  2. Agree entirely with your comments about human’s consumption of milk and the cruelty of the dairy industry.

    Loved the photos. So many beautiful sights in Scotland — including castles. I would just adore to have a good look around the walled garden. Soon you’ll be able to write a book for visitors to Scotland. 🙂

  3. Nooo, its Castle Fraser, not fraser castle.
    Did you find out how many different stages of building it has? It’s a nice place, but a lot of stairs to climb.
    Also there is an event there in 10 days time, some medieval stuff (Including my group and I) and perhaps some Romans, they had chariot racing last year.

    1. Ok, I corrected the name. Thanks!

      I didn’t think there were an unusual number of stairs, not compared with other castles anyway. And I remember one of the volunteers mentioning the castle additions but can’t remember how many there were. How many?

      I did see signs for that event and it looks really great. Are you going to be in it?

      1. I suppose the number of stairs isn’t so unusual, but I recall feeling a bit tired up in the round tower up the wooden staircase, because by that height it is definitely rather higher than normal. IIRC the lower 2 storeys of the central block are the original, perhaps 15th century, but then extended upwards in the 16th. At that time it would have had ancillary buildings, but they were regularised in the 17th and 18th centuries to what they are now. THe Canmore database isn’t that helpful, but still:
        http://canmore.org.uk/site/18722/castle-fraser

        I should be there at the event, I’ve been the last 4 or 5 years. The Aberdeenshire re-enactment group Medieaval Realm are the main one for the event mine come up and give a hand because we’re friendly. .

  4. Milk cows are bred to produce milk far in excess of actual calf need. If they are not milked daily they swell up painfully and possibly with some damage. One can certainly argue that milk cows ought not to have been bred to that purpose, but it isn’t stealing when theres no calf.

    1. Yes, I realise that they have been bred to produce more milk than the calf needs. My complaint is that the calf doesn’t get any. They take the calf away from its mother when it’s still very young. Drive around NZ, a huge diary exporter, and you will see field after field of dairy cows but not a single calf with their mothers. Instead you will see a field of calves all alone waiting to be slaughtered. So it may be that cows produce enough milk for both humans and their calves but we now take all of it.

  5. Great to see you and your beautiful family still out and about exploring your gorgeous area Rachel. I know I’ve missed a lot of your posts, but it’s good to be back again, albeit on half cylinders. Still waiting for news re my brand new laptop I’ve been promised. But enough of that. Love your family pic and you know how much I love a walled garden. And a castle 😀

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