Situated 50 miles west and south of Aberdeen and Inverness between the Ladder Hills and the Cairngorm's. The hotel is in a very pretty location in Upper Donside.
The River Don runs almost through our back garden and we have approximately six miles of it for fishing. There are plenty of Brown Trout and some nice Salmon. If you give us notice of your requirements we can arrange fishing in other rivers near by. From 10 pound per day. Brown Trout starts April 1st, finishes September 30th. Protected, so no Sunday fishing. Salmon Fishing, February 11th to October 31st
If fishing is not for you, there are a variety of walks. From gentle strolls through lightly wooded countryside with marked trails to the majestic splendor of the Cairngorm mountains only a few miles away.
Again we have miles of forest trails and little-used tracks on our doorstep providing everything from easy cycles through beautiful scenery to the descent of Ben Newe, (not for the faint-hearted!)
Castles and Historic Houses
We are situated on 'The Castle Trail' , and so are perfectly placed for visiting several of the North-East's major historic building including Huntly Castle, Kildrummy Castle, Craigievar Castle, Corgarff Castle, Leith Hall and many, many more. We are also very close to 'The Victorian Heritage Trail', with Balmoral Castle less than half an hour drive away.
Wherever you travel in Grampian, remember that the past is all around, from the coastal promontories protected long ago by palisades and ditches, to the vitrified walls of forts on heathery hilltops. Some of the best are : Loanhead of Daviot, Easter Aquhorthies, Midmar Kirk, Cullerlie and Dunnideer Hill Fort.
Why not visit Peter and Jeans Goodfellows Art Gallery; The Lost Gallery, at Bellabeg, to view some of his striking work, and also try the Knock Gallery which boasts a beautiful collection of art and jewellery.
Scotch Whisky Distilleries
We are right at the beginning of the Whisky Trail, with the famous Glenlivet, Cardhu, Glenfiddich, Glen Muray and Speyside Cooperage distilleries nearby and always ready to give samples of their famous Malts.
Scotland is renowned for its many good quality courses and this area is no exception.
There is a great variety of birds to be seen here, especially during the Spring - Summer months and we have help at hand to take you to the best viewing spots. Crossbills, Ospreys, Oystercatchers and Eagles are all to be seen and of course the Buzzard and Hen-Harriers the scourge of the Grouse.
Skiing and Karting
From the Hotel it is a steep climb of about two miles to the Lecht ski centre, which provides runs suitable for beginners and those of intermediate abilities, cross-couture skiing is well catered for in this area. There is also a dry ski slope and an outdoor go-carting centre available all year round.
Less than half an hour away is one of Britain’s best Gliding Clubs at Dinnet, near Aboyne. Here you can take an beginners flight offer with a qualified, experienced pilot who will show you the delights of our incredible scenery from a very novel viewpoint.