NEAR COULLIE STAYS
SKIING, SNOWBAORDING &TUBING
Snowsports Aberdeen at Garthdee offers skiing and snowboarding lessons and coaching for all ages and abilities, as well as open public sessions to practice your skills and have fun with friends and family.
All Snowsport's snowboarding and skiing lessons are delivered by enthusiastic, qualified instructors in line with BASI.
ANGUS | ABERDEENSHIRE
SALMON, SEA TROUT & FLY FISHING
With the wonderful River Esk to the south and the infamous waters of The Dee to the north, both set in beautiful surroundings, it would be rude not to fish!
Choose from a day rod at one of the many fantastic beats on the River Esk to a fully guided day on The Dee.
Monteith guided salmon fishing on The Dee
LESSONS, TOURS, RENTAL & SAUNA
Beginners lessons, family lessons, individual lessons, tours and trips up the river, or a combination of lesson and tour are available. Stonehaven Paddleboarding offers a five star experience to even those who are hesitant about getting in the water.
For further peace of mind, all the equipment needed for or paddleboarding is top of the range. Book the wood fired sauna to enjoy after your dip in the sea. Try to book ahead as lessons and tours fill up quickly.
EDZELL | MONTROSE
36, 18 & 9 HOLE COURSES
The opportunity to enjoy two reputable golf courses will excite the golfers in the family! Former US Tour player and Ryder Cup Captain, Ben Crenshaw, once quoted Montrose Golf Links as a “magnificent stretch of marvellously natural ground which depicts how the game was born”. It has been established as the 5th oldest course in the World and celebrated its 450th year in 2012. It has a reputation for offering a fantastic golfing experience and reliable playing conditions throughout the year. A warm welcome is waiting from the three clubhouses.
Edzell Golf Course also comes highly recommended with well managed fairways, good facilities and a welcoming clubhouse with good food, drink and friendly staff.
CASTLES | ANGUS
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.
DISTILLERY | VICTORIAN ARCH
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 or Ramsay Arms and a walk around the grounds of Fettercairn House.
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.
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.
ABERDEEN | CITY CENTRE
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.
ABERDEEN | CITY CENTRE
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 CENTRE
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.
ABERDEEN | CITY CENTRE
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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