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SIGHTSEEING  

NEAR COULLIE STAYS

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CASTLES |  ABERDEENSHIRE
CASTLE FRASER

HISTORY, ATMOSPHERE & FUN

 

One of Scotland’s largest tower houses, with an impressive portrait collection, including a Raeburn. Discover quirky features such as the Laird’s Lug, hidden trapdoors, secret staircases and a spy hole! Venture up to the top of the round tower for incredible views. Enjoy the Sounds of Fraser – a newly installed sound interpretation, based on historic research, which adds background atmosphere to each room.

Let young imaginations run wild in the Woodland Secrets play area. Waymarked trails offer the chance to spot red squirrels, roe deer, buzzards and dragonflies.

Take a drive over the beautiful Cairn O'Mount for a triple castle tour including Fraser, Drum and Crathes! (Route here : )

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CASTLES |  ABERDEENSHIRE
DRUM CASTLE

HISTORICAL GARDENS & ESTATE

 

See 700 years of history at Drum Castle in its battlements, medieval square tower and sprawling extensions. The Royal Forest and Tower of Drum were given to the Irvine family by Robert the Bruce in 1323. Later a Jacobean mansion house was added, and in the Victorian era the lower hall was converted to a library, now containing a mighty 4,000 books. The beautiful Garden of Historic Roses is divided into quadrants that show how roses have been cultivated from the 17th to the 20th century. The Drumhill Trail and Farmland Walk take you through a patchwork of fields and woodland. The ancient oak forest adjoins the castle, providing a sense of continuity through the centuries and a home for red kites, roe deer, red squirrels and badgers.

Enjoy three castles and the beauitiful scenery around the Cairn O'Mount all in a day! (Route here : )

CASTLES & COUNTRYSIDE

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CASTLES  |  ABERDEENSHIRE
CRATHES CASTLE

HISTORY, WALKS & ACTIVITIES

Standing against a backdrop of rolling hills and set within its own beautiful gardens, Crathes Castle is a classic 16th century Scottish tower house. Enjoy turrets, towers, oak panels, painted ceilings, a historic walled garden with iconic yew hedges and plenty of nature trails for spotting roe deer, red squirrels, woodpeckers, buzzards and herons. Don’t miss the Horn of Leys, given to the Burnett family in the 14th century by Robert the Bruce.

Check their website for activities and seasonal fun!

Enjoy three castles and the beauitiful scenery around the Cairn O'Mount all in a day! (Route here : )

 

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LANDSCAPE  |  ABERDEENSHIRE
HOUSE OF DUN 

GEORGIAN EXTRAVAGANCE

With some incredible old trees,  beautiful formal gardens and woodland walks, House of Dun is every inch the perfect 18th-century laird’s home.

House of Dun was built in 1743 to replace the medieval tower house that had been home to the Erskine family since 1375, the house is filled with treasures that tell the stories of the people who lived here. Costumed guides lead you through its history.

There's  a play area and café and plenty of outdoor space to explore.

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CASTLES  |  ANGUS
GLAMIS CASTLE

HISTORY, WALKS, FOOD & DRINK

Glamis Castle has been the ancestral seat to the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne since 1372, inspiration for Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the childhood home of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and birthplace of HRH The Princess Margaret. Take a guided tour to follow in the footsteps of Mary, Queen of Scots, James V, Bonnie Dundee, the Old Jacobite Pretender to the throne James VIII, the ill-fated Janet Douglas and of course tell the story of the bitter-sweet life of Mary Eleanor Bowes. Lots of fun stories for the kids too. Enjoy a relaxed stroll through the gardens and the wonderful treats available from the café.

 

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DISTILLERY  |  VICTORIAN ARCH
FETTERCAIRN 

HISTORY, DISTILLERY, FOOD & DRINK

The village of Fettercairn village lies in the heart of rich farming land. On 20th Sept 1861, Queen Victoria and her husband Albert snuck away from nearby Balmoral to stay incognito at the Ramsay Arms (still the village pub). They enjoyed drinks and a meal, all in secret. The villagers later raised a monument to commemorate the visit – an imposing arch which still stands in the centre of the village.

The Fettercairn Distillery is a short walk from the arch. Discover the rich history of the site and the processes and people, including Prime Minister Gladstone, that have developed the whisky to be the fine nectar that it is today (sample some from our decanter : ) Tours last an hour.

Enjoy food and drink at the Arch Cafe and a walk around the grounds of Fettercairn House.

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CASTLES  |  ABERDEENSHIRE
DUNNOTTAR CASTLE

HISTORY, SCENIC COASTLINE WALK

Steeped in history, this romantic and haunting ruin is a photographer’s paradise. 

Walk along the coastline to reach Stonehaven. Enjoy the views as you approach Stonehaven harbour. Stop here for a drink at The Marine (with your dog and kids) or a Hot Chocolate at The Old Pier Coffee House. The kids can run around on the beach.

Walk back to the castle and feel lost in time as the castle dramatically comes into view. 

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LANDSCAPE  |  ABERDEENSHIRE
FOWLSHEUGH 

RSPB NATURE RESERVE

Guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes are some of the thousands of breeding birds which collectively form an awesome natural spectacle on the cliffs of Fowlsheugh in the spring and summer months. You might see comical-looking puffins and beady- eyed fulmars too. Put on your boots and follow one of the clifftop paths and admire the breathtaking coastal vistas, and keep your eyes to the sea; grey seals, dolphins and minke whales are often spotted by walkers. 

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ABERDEEN   |   CITY CENTRE
MARITIME MUSEUM

NEAR ABERDEEN'S BUSY HARBOUR

Close to the busy harbour, on the historic Shiprow, Aberdeen Maritime Museum tells the story of the city’s long and often dramatic relationship with the sea, from the earliest days of trading, fishing and shipbuilding, to the discovery of North Sea oil and gas, and Aberdeen’s place today as a leader in global energy transition. Over four floors the modern, fully-accessible museum building and the historic 16th century Provost Ross’s House showcase ship models from 1689 to the present, whaler’s harpoons and scrimshaw, rare examples of medieval imported goods, a complete lighthouse lens assembly and the entire deck of a historic steamer.

Parking in the National car park a few yards up the street on the opposite side.

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ABERDEEN   |   CITY CENTRE 
ABERDEEN ART GALLERY

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS, FOOD & DRINK

Spanning over 700 years, the collection at The Aberdeen Art Gallery includes works by Scottish artists, designers and makers such as Henry Raeburn, Joan Eardley, Samuel Peploe, Rachel McLean, Bill Gibb and James Cromar Watt, as well as nationally and internationally-acclaimed artists including Barbara Hepworth, Francis Bacon, Tracey Emin and Claude Monet. Their designer café offers good food and treats. Find interesting gifts in the gallery shop. After a visit to the gallery a quick walk along Schoolhill will take you to the beautiful Marischal College. You could also visit nearby Provost Skene House to learn about the influential people of the north-east before lunching  at the new Common Sense Cafe which sits opposite the magnificent statue of William Wallace set in the new Union Terrace gardens, BrewDog (on Gallowgate), All Bar One or if you have the kids, Mackies 19.2 Cafe where the kids can run around the courtyard while you rest!

ABERDEEN CITY

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ABERDEEN  |  CITY CENTRE
MARISCHAL COLLEGE

QUADRANGLE & ROBERT THE BRUCE STATUE

Marischal College and University of Aberdeen was the formal name of the former university which occcupied the present Marischal College site. The College was constructed on the site of a medieval Franciscan friary, disused after the Reformation. This building was later replaced by a William Adam-designed building in the mid-18th century; however, this, together with the friary remains, were demolished entirely for the construction of the present building between 1835 and 1906. The university was originally founded with the expressed aim of training clergy for the post-Reformation Kirk. Its Greek motto translates as "virtue is self-sufficient".

It is the second-largest granite building in the world (exceeded only by the Escorial Palace near Madrid).

Throughout the 20th century, Marischall college housed all sciences and medicine. Since about 1960, the college housed the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and the Medical School.

There is an urban legend of unknown origin that Marischal College was Adolf Hitler's favourite building in the United Kingdom and that he would have liked to use it as a residence if the outcome of the Second World War had been different.

It is currently on lease to Aberdeen City Council who use it as their headquarters. 

See Aberdeen Art Gallery, above, for nearby attractions, food and drink.

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ABERDEEN  |  CITY CENTRE 
PROVOST SKENE'S HOUSE

DISCOVER THE PIONEERS OF THE NORTHEAST

 

Inside Provost Skene’s House, more than 100 remarkable individuals from Aberdeen and the North-East are showcased in new interactive displays. They include innovators, scientists, live savers, writers, sporting champions and stars of stage and screen who have lived or worked in Aberdeen or the North-East.

Dating from 1545, Provost Skene’s House is the oldest surviving townhouse in Aberdeen and happily has recently undergone major refurbishment. The house alone  is a joy to see. The exhibition isn't huge but well worth seeing. 

While you're in the area, admire the Marischal College building and the artworks at the Aberdeen Art Gallery before stopping off for refreshment at a number of cafes, bars and restaurants nearby (see Aberdeen Art Gallery, above).

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