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Moray and North East Scotland
The North East of Scotland is one of the UK’s hidden gems. Running from the foothills of the Cairngorms up to the fishing port of Fraserburgh, the area has a wealth of spectacular scenery, historical castles, quaint fishing villages, wildlife, archaeology, whisky distilleries, salmon fishing and outstanding golf courses.
The Moray Firth coastline is one of the driest and sunniest parts of the UK - and being so far north, the summer days are that little bit longer!
Below is just a snapshot of activities available locally - if we can help you with further information just let us know.
Castles & Gardens
They say that you are never far from a castle in Scotland and this area has plenty to visit. From the dramatic cliff top ruins of Findlater castle just 10 minutes drive away to the fairytale grandeur of Ballindalloch only 40 minutes drive. Scotland’s Castle Trail guides you to 16 special castles in the locality whilst
Castle Explorer has information on many others.
There are also some wonderful gardens to visit including those at Leith Hall, Brodie Castle, Pitmedden, and Drum Castle - see here for further details
All the large and small pink markers indicate golf courses - as you zoom in on an area more will appear.
This area has a diverse range of wildlife habitats - from Troup Head with nesting gannets and other seabirds, the waters of the Moray Firth which are home to bottlenosed dolphins and visiting whales - to the extensive woodland which hosts many of Britain’s rarer creatures -pine martens, red squirrels, wildcats, capercaille and ospreys. Further information can be found at the Speybay Wildlife Centre, Glenlivet Wildlife and the Gemini Explorer If it’s a wet day we highly recommend a trip to McDuff Marine Aquarium. Housing only local fish and marine life - it kept three children and two grandparents entranced for hours!
More than half of Scotland’s whisky distilleries are in Speyside and the famous Malt Whisky Trail is on our doorstep. The majority of distilleries are open to the public from early April to the end of October. Because some of the essential maintenance work has to be done in summer when there is no risk of snow, some distilleries have a 2-3 week ‘silent’ period during the summer when you can still take a tour but there is no production taking place. We visited Strathisla once during this period and still found it fascinating - and of course you still get a wee dram! Another ‘must-see’ is the Speyside Cooperage where you can watch whisky casks being built and repaired along with an excellent exhibition on the history and craft of coopering.
The North East corner of Scotland is, quite simply, a golfers paradise.
There are over 50 golf courses within an hours drive from here - links, parkland and moorland/heathland.
A comprehensive list with further information on individual courses can be found here
Cullen golf course
We don’t pretend to know much about fishing - and all we know about fish is how to cook them. However we do know that fishing for salmon, sea trout and brown trout is a big thing around here. The main rivers are the Deveron and the Spey but there are also several other rivers, fisheries, and lochs. The following web sites should help you more than we can!
The village of Crovie
Gannets at Troup Head
Clava cairns near Inverness
Heritage, History & Archaeology
Apart from castles galore, there is a wealth of other historical and archaeological sites in the area.
The Fishing Museum at Buckie and the Lighthouse Museum at Peterhead reflect the area’s more recent maritime past. Step back to Jacobite times by visiting Fort George garrison or the emotive Culloden battlefield and visitor centre. This area was also the Pictish heartland with numerous Pictish carved stones ( including the extraordinary 22’ tall Sueno’s Stone), Burghead promontory fort and Dunnideer hill fort. Further back to the bronze age and neolithic are the distinctive Clava cairns and recumbent stone circles found only in this area. We would be happy to help you plan an itinerary of sites in the locality.
West Manse, Deskford, Cullen, Banffshire, AB56 5YJ Scotland
Tel 01542 842778 (any day up to 9pm!)
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