We are now officially a member of the National Trust of Scotland.
We began by visiting one of the Trust's property in Banchory, Crathes Castle.
Crathes Castle is a 16th century turreted tower house on an estate granted to the Burnett family in 1323 by Robert the Bruce.
As photography is disallowed in the castle, no images of the interior were taken.
The walled garden consists of eight gardens; some are wild and ranging, others are neat and ordered.
It was probably created 400 years ago, soon after the castle was built.
Originally the garden was essential for providing vegetables and herbs to the kitchen. Later it became an ornamental work of art and place for gentle strolls.
The massive yew hedges were planted as early as 1702.