"Must see and do in north east Scotland"

The north east of Scotland is an amazing area to live, work and visit, so we are delighted to introduce some guest blogs from others who also share our passion and love for this corner of the world. ……. So come and visit us soon!

Kelly McAlpine, Dalriada Luxury Lodges

We provide 5 star, luxury self-catering accommodation in beautifully appointed lodges situated on a coastal location near Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire. All of the lodges have two en-suite bedrooms and are decorated in contemporary style, with everything you need for a relaxing (or very active) break. The properties come fully equipped for up to four people and each has a large, private, secure kit house for four sets of golf clubs, bikes, fishing gear or walking equipment.

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Your favourite 3 places to visit in north east Scotland and why?

  • Stonehaven – I may be biased but Stonehaven is a beautiful little seaside town. Vibrant walks along the beach with the dogs, admiring the dolphins swimming along the coast, eating a fish supper at the harbour, beautiful scenery, open air pool, stunning Dunnottar Castle, what’s not to love!
  • Ballater – it has such a warm highland feel about it, walks along the river, delicious food in the cafes and restaurants, friendly locals and visitors alike.
  • Aberdeen – it is full of history and arts and culture, museums, theatre, shops, food and drink.


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Your favourite season in north east Scotland and why?

Summer is my favourite season. The warmer weather and plenty of daylight hours to get out and explore and have some new adventures.

What's your favourite food and/or drink also what would you recommend a visitor must try when visiting the north east ?

I would recommend a tasty fresh seafood platter from Seafood Bothy on the Stonehaven Harbour Pier washed down with a quality craft beer from 6 Degrees North. – preferably on a sunny warm day 😊

What is you No. 1 must see & do when in north east Scotland while using a Northern Highlights discounted sightseeing pass?

My number 1 must see is Aberdeenshire Highland Beef. I love highland cows. Grace and her family are amazing and work so hard to enable visitors to have such a great experience.

NuArt food tour of Aberdeen
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Your favourite 3 places to visit in north east Scotland and why?

  • Maryculter House – Maryculter House is one of the most famous and historic hotels in Aberdeen located on the banks of the River Dee and overlooking the Golf Course of Peterculter. A 4 Star luxury hotel with a classic reputation for hospitality, from the building’s founding in 1225 by the Knights Templar, this location has been offering hospitality to travellers from far and wide for many years.
  • Peterculter Golf Club –This 18 – Hole Golf Club is the Gateway to Golf on Royal Deeside. Surrounded by picturesque views of the golf course the clubhouse is the heart of Peterculter Golf Club. There are a variety of snacks available as well as a fully stocked bar
  • Aberdeenshire Highland Beef – Grace’s company Aberdeenshire Highland Cattle offers complete transparency throughout the farming process; rearing the cattle and producing the beef to the highest ethical and environmental standards.

Can you recommend a favourite story from the past or present, person/village or historical myth...?

When visiting The Tolbooth Museum in Stonehaven – loved hearing the story about the Crank – a punishment device which was weighted down and had to be turned by prisoners. Tightening the screw would make it harder work for the prisoners – this is seemingly why prison guards are called screws!

As a local can you suggest some helpful information to share with visitors.

Read our “Amazing Aberdeenshire”  2 & 5 day itinerary suggestions when staying with us, which includes Balmoral Castle and Peterhead Prison Museum.

Just for fun - which is your favourite Doric word - word/translation?

Drookit – extremely wet, drenched – always a possibility of a shower in Aberdeenshire.

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Come and discover the north east of Scotland for yourself and use a £20 pass, valid for 3 months and enjoy discounted sightseeing at 25+ Attractions, Activities, Tours & Experiences.

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