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Traditional Building at Castle Fraser

February 23, 2008

Castle Fraser

Thistle Camps are residential working holidays organised by The National Trust for Scotland to help in the conservation and management of countryside properties in its care.

 The most elaborate Z-plan castle in Scotland and one of the grandest Castles of Mar, Castle Fraser was built between 1575 and 1636 by the 6th laird, Michael Fraser, and was gifted to the National Trust for Scotland in 1976 by Major and Mrs Michael Smiley.


On this camp you will help to construct a new visitor reception building using traditional woodworking techniques and drystane dyking, giving participants the opportunity to get hands on experience in these skills. The construction style will blend with existing buildings in the adjacent play area built on previous Thistle Camps. The building will be very simple in style and will be used for welcoming visitors. It will house interpretation panels and seating for shelter and as a starting point for guided tours. There may also be a chance to be involved in the exciting gardens development if time permits.

Accommodation summary
You will be staying at the Sir Arthur Grant Residential Centre at Monymusk. The Centre is large, comfortable and well-equipped with kitchen/dining area, lounge, showers, telephone and drying/laundry room. Please note that duvets and bed linen are provided.

Cost:  £90

Dates: 2 – 9 May 2008

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