Crawton sea cliffs
Dunnottar Castle Stonehaven
Puffins at Crawton Nature Reserve
War Memorial, Stonehaven
Arbuthnott Church: Services 10am Sundays
Grassic Gibbon Center Arbuthnott
There is a multitude of experiences to be had and views to be seen locally. Arbuthnott Holiday Cottages are also one hour from St. Andrew’s and approx two hours from Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Drumtochty Highland Games approximately 5 miles away
Clachnaben from Cairn 'O Mount
For graded walks in the area
Aberdeen (30 minutes): The Granite City and Europe’s Oil Capital. Attractions include: Old Aberdeen and St Machar’s Cathedral, dolphin spotting in the harbour, The Maritime Museum, refurbished Art Gallery opening in 2018, Duthie Park and Winter Gardens, His Majesty’s Theatre (regular touring West End shows), all the shops, restaurants and cinemas you would expect.
Dundee (45 minutes): “Dynamic” Dundee earned a place in the Lonely Planet’s “Best in Europe 2018” list and is fast becoming one of the must-see cultural hubs in Scotland. The V&A Dundee opens 15 September 2018, Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre, McManus Art Gallery, University of Dundee Museum Collections, the RRS Discovery among other attractions.
Hillwalking and hiking: There are many walking routes in the Mearns and beyond. For an extensive summary
Children: Camperdown Country Park (Dundee) has good off-road mountain biking trails as well as plenty of other things for families to enjoy such as an adventure playground, a wildlife centre and pitch ’n’ putt golf. Kartstart (Indoor Karting in Aberdeen), The Stratosphere (science centre in Aberdeen). Go Ape! (Banchory), Cadonas (indoor and outdoor amusement park in Aberdeen), The Royal Deeside Railway (Banchory), the Olympia swimming pools with four different flumes (Dundee), Halymyres riding stables (Stonehaven). Pony trekking at Drumtochty and Lunan Bay. Not to mention Wild Swimming in the Esk!
Fishing: We are within 30-60 minutes of famous salmon rivers Dee, Tay and North Esk.
Golf: On our doorstep for all abilities, ranging from Auchenblae Community course to local clubs such as Edzell, Stonehaven, Brechin and Montrose to the Royal Aberdeen Golf Course, and Trump International Golf Links (Aberdeen).
Beaches: St Cyrus (sand), Lunan Bay (sand), Inverbervie (pebbles). Dogs are welcome on these beaches. All less than 20 minutes away, and Lunan Bay (sand) is 40 minutes away.
Historical Interest: Glamis Castle (childhood home of the late HM The Queen Mother, nr Forfar), Dunnottar Castle (nr Stonehaven), Brechin Castle (Brechin), Hospitalfield House (Arbroath), House of Dun (Montrose), Edzell Castle and Gardens, Invermark Castle, Dunninald Castle and Gardens.
Distilleries and Breweries to visit:
Old Fettercairn, Fettercairn (whisky), Burnside Brewery, Laurencekirk, and Brewdog HQ, Ellon.
The award-winning Gin Bothy (Kirriemuir) do tours as do Porter’s Gin (Aberdeen), The Lost Loch Distillery (Aboyne).
Cycling: The National Cycle Route 1 from Edinburgh to Aberdeen passes straight through Inverbervie. Twenty minutes up the road is the Montrose Basin cycle trail (distance 17.14 km on road terrain.) We also recommend the Drumtochty mountain bike trail, the Deeside Way and cycling on the trails on nearby Finzean Estate.
Eating Out: From local farms shops such as Balmakewan (Marykirk) and Castleton (Fordoun); to pubs such as The Ship Inn (Stonehaven), The Anchor Inn (Johnshaven), The Drovers (Memus); fine seafood dining at The Tolbooth (Stonehaven); or award-winning fish and chips at The Bay (Stonehaven) or The Quayside (Gourdon); curry at The Alma (Laurencekirk) or The Spice Kitchen (Inverbervie); Australian-themed burgers at Roo’s Leap (Montrose). All of the main chains are also available in Aberdeen.