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Just east of Edinburgh
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Aberdeen and Grampian Highlands©

...land of historic castles and single malt distilleries...stately homes and gardens...stone circles...some of the most attractive coastlines in Scotland... salmon rivers...mountains and rolling countryside...and golf courses galore. A land best seen and appreciated by the independent golfer.

Dunnottar Castle, Scotland
14th Century Dunnottar Castle at Stonehaven, setting for
Franco Zeffirelli's 1990 film Hamlet

Where to Stay near Aberdeen

Savock House, B&B near Aberdeen
Savock House -- 4 star -- Highly recommended. We stay at this elegant, exceptionally well-run B&B when in the area. You will enjoy owners Pat and George Booth and their hospitable dog Millie. Pat, a fine golfer and past captain of Royal Aberdeen Ladies Golf Club, is always happy to share helpful info with her guests. The beautifully decorated Victorian house is on a farm, well-located directly between Royal Aberdeen and Cruden Bay. The Booths raise naturally reared Aberdeen Angus beef cattle (among the world's finest) and supply many top restaurants in Scotland. Their shop in the village sells their organically grown produce, superior beef and lamb. www.aboutscotland.com/aberdeen/savock.html..

Aikenshill B&B -- 5 star -- Ideally located between Aberdeen and Cruden Bay, near the beautiful dunes of the North Sea coast. Richard and I were grateful to learn about another fine place to stay in this area. It was strongly recommended to us by Australian friends, who give high praise to this luxurioius B&B. (Thank you, Heather and Bill.) Check out the Aikenshill website. Everything you expect from a deluxe accommodation. http://www.aikenshill.co.uk/

Hollyburn Lodge -- self-catering lodge for weekly rentals. Near Stonehaven, with Royal lAberdeen, Murcar and Cruden Bay golf courses all within reach. www.hollyburnlodge.co.uk
If you want to stay in a city instead of the countryside

The Jays Guest House -- 4 star guest house with 10 rooms, in the heart of Aberdeen. Award-winning, the Jays is the only guesthouse in Aberdeen city recommended by both Frommers and Fodors guides.
422 King Street, Aberdeen
(0)1224 638295
www.jaysguesthouse.co.uk


The Marclliffe at Pitfodels, Aberdeen luxury hotel *****The Marcliffe at Pitfodels .... 5 stars all the way. Member Small Luxury Hotels of The World, with a guest list that includes Prince Charles, Mikhail Gorbachev, the Sultan of Brunei, Tom Watson and countless other VIPs. Genuine Old World elegance in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Very elegant. And so is their website www.marcliffe.com.

Member, Small Luxury Hotels of the World

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Where to Eat near Aberdeen

Cock & Bull - A 19th Century coaching inn serving excellent food all day long. (Savock farm's naturally raised Aberdeen Angus beef is a specialty here.) In Balmedia on the A90. Heading south towards Aberdeen from Savock, watch for it on your right. Your hosts at Savock will give you directions. www/thecockandbull.co.uk. Reservations usually necessary.

Eat On The Green - Fine, innovative food with an award-winning chef. On the Udney Green, just a short distance from Savock House. (They'll direct you.) Reservations recommended. www.eatonthegreen.co.uk.

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Mary-Alice suggests ...
Things to Do near Aberdeen

Aberdeenshire is rich with places and things to see, so I'll highlight a sample of each type for you and then you can check out a very fine website that will give you the full description of all the others. www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Balmoral Castle - Scottish home of the royal family since it was purchased by Queen Victoria. This is on the "Castle Trail" (see above website) which is dotted with many lovely and visitable castles that lie along the River Dee, all on the D39 out of Aberdeen. (Many people take several days just for this Deeside route alone.) We found Balmoral to be a fascinating tour. However, it's not open when the royal family is in residence, usually August.

Pitmedden Gardens, on the A920, 1 mile west of Pitmedden village. Very renowned. In the Great Garden there are 17th Century parterre designs, very elaborate. Woodland walks and lots of wildflowers. Over 5 miles of boxwood hedge, with 30,000 annual plants! If you are a garden enthusiast, this will be a "must see."

Haddo House in Ellon, north of Aberdeen, has sumptuous interiors and magnificent gardens. View it on www.nts.org.uk

Stone Circle Trail has numerous historical sites. I recommend the Stonecircle of Loanhead, on the B9001 if you only have time for one. It's believed to be 4,000-5,000 years old. www.agtb.org/standing-stones.htm

Aberdeen Maritime Museum - a 5 star, award-winning museum in Shiprow, Aberdeen. Since I'm so interested in ships and the sea, I always ferret out maritime museums whenever I can. And this is a very good one. Exciting exhibitions include sailing vessels, shipbuilding, and the off-shore oil industry (of which Aberdeen is the European capital). The musuem also has a nice cafe in case you get hungry.

Check out www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk for more more details on the above as well as more info in general. Aberdeenshire is a very appealing (and too often overlooked) area of Scotland. You'll find much here to enjoy.