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You are rarely far from a stunning castle, stone circle or standing stone in our area.  Beth loves Scottish History as well as possessing nearly two degrees in it, and can provide the backstory to many of our local landmarks and the history of the area.  Local highlight is undoubtedly the royal residence at Balmoral Castle only 15 minutes drive away, while a two hour drive brings you to the mysterious and immensely popular Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness, or just one hour away is brooding Dunnottar Castle perched precariously on the wild North Sea coast.  But in between is a dazzling display of unmissable castles, battlefields, gardens, churches and historic buildings.


Our guest book provides some sample driving routes to see the highlights but perhaps the best way is to just get in your car and drive in whichever direction takes your fancy – you are guaranteed to find something.  We’ve been doing that for ten years now and still have much more to see.  You may even be lucky and find the picturesque coastal village of Pennan where the 1983 film Local Hero was shot.


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Example driving times:

Balmoral Castle 15mins

Tomnaverie Stone Circle 15mins

Corgarff Castle 25mins

Braemar Castle 25mins

Craigievar Castle 30mins

Kildrummy Castle 35mins

Castle Fraser 50mins

Drum Castle 50mins

Leith Hall 55mins

Maiden Stone 1hr

Dunnottar Castle 1h5

Pitmedden Gardens 1h15

Fyvie Castle 1h20

Haddo House 1h20

Duff House 1h25

Culloden Battlefield 1h40

Pennan 1h45

Urquhart Castle & Loch Ness 2h10

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