Wander within the 530 acre estate at Crathes Castle, on land given as a gift to the Burnett of Leys family by Robert the Bruce himself! Overlooked by gargoyles and fairytale castle turrets, it's the famous walled gardens that draw the crowds. Spanning nearly four acres, they are divided into eight themed gardens, separated by ancient topiary yew hedges planted around 1702. Enjoy the last of the summer sun as you stroll between misty blue, golden yellow and pastel blooms.
It's easy to lose yourself in the Lake District, particularly as the National Park has 3,500km of rights of way. Pack the family and a picnic basket for a stroll through a gorgeous Lakeland glade to the Aira Force waterfall, near Ullswater. Park at the National Trust car park and thread your way through lush forest until you catch a glimpse of Aira Beck, cascading 65ft through the rocky ravine.
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