Around and About
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 -
Below is just a snapshot of activities available locally -
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 5 minutes drive away to the fairytale grandeur of Ballindalloch only 40 minutes drive. Scotland’s Castle Trail guides you to 16 distinctive 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 -
All the large and small pink markers indicate golf courses -
This area has a diverse range of wildlife habitats -
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
The North East corner of Scotland is, quite simply, a golfers paradise.
There are over 50 golf courses within an hours drive from here -
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 -
The village of Crovie
Gannets at Troup Head
Clava cairns near Inverness
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.
This area of Scotland has a wide variety of walks -