Crathes Castle Garden

crathesCrathes is a sixteenth century castle with a twentieth century Arts and Crafts garden. It might be described as ‘The Sissinghurst of Scotland’. The baronial tower, beside which the garden stands, dates from the late 1500s. For centuries the tower stood in lonely isolation, protecting the Burnett family and allowing them fine views of the woods and moors. In the twentieth century a fine walled garden was made by Sir James Burnett of Leys, with sculptured topiary and brilliant planting covering 595 acres.
8 colourful gardens were created within it and are open to visitors all year round. The Old Horsemill has been converted into an attractive licensed restaurant where you can relax and enjoy fine hospitality in perfect surroundings. There is also a shop offering an exclusive range of gifts and souvenirs. Six exciting woodland walks and an adventure playground in an exhibition area for children offer interest for visitors of all ages.

Our Dynamic Earth

dynamicOur Dynamic Earth is a fantastic journey of discovery. Travel back in time to witness the Big Bang from the deck of a space ship, then forward through the history of our planet. You'll be shaken by earthquakes, dive deep beneath the ocean in a submarine, feel the chill of polar ice and even get caught in a tropical rainstorm.
Suitable for all ages and abilities, Our Dynamic Earth is a truly memorable day out for all the family.

Storybook Glen

storybookglenStorybook Glen is a spectacular Family Theme Park, boasting 20 acres of spectacular scenic beauty on Royal Deeside. Littered with classic literary (and television) children's characters, the Glen will be a fun day out for almost all under 8s.
There's a 220 seat self-service restaurant, a large free car park and a souvenir and confectionery shop to make it a really great day out. Picnics are permitted on the grass area in front of the main entrance, but not within the Glen itself. Also, only guide dogs are permitted, as the glen contains farm animals, and to protect the models.


Dunnotar Castle

dunnottarDunnottar Castle, one of the most spectacularly situated castles in Scotland, on a rock promontory 2 miles south of Stonehaven. There has been a fortification here since probably the first century, though not as magnificent as the present ruins were.
The name is from the Pictish "Dun Fother" probably meaning "fort of the low country". The area of coast it lies in is known as "The Mearns", once the easiest way to reach Moray and beyond. From Dunnottar it was easy to patrol this area as a gateway.
The rock on which the castle is built is remarkable and almost unique. The entire peninsula consists of boulders and pebbles embedded in a red rock and looks, for all the world, like a fruit cake, perhaps that is why the conglomerate is called "Pudding Stone". It dates from the erosion of the Grampian Highlands in a very dry climate over 400,000,000 years ago. The conglomerate is so strong that cracks pass through the boulders and not around them.
(A day out I suggest is a walk at Lunan Bay in the morning, lunch at But 'n Ben's and then an afternoon visit to the House of Dun & Dunnottar Castle.)

House of Dun & Montrose Basin Nature Reserve

houseofdunA notable example of Georgian architecture, the House of Dun was built in 1730 by William Adam, on lands held by the Erskine family since 1375. The present décor stems from refurbishment in the early 19th century, featuring masterful plasterwork by Joseph Enzer and the family collection of furniture, portraits and porcelain.

Exterior attractions include picturesque walks and an excellent walled garden.

(A day out I suggest is a walk at Lunan Bay in the morning, lunch at But 'n Ben's and then an afternoon visit to the House of Dun & Dunnottar Castle.)

Lunan Bay

lunanbayTurn off the main road, and take some time out to visit Lunan and the beach - its vast sands are quiet and offer a great chance to get away from the hurly burly.

Just outside the sleepy village itself, you will find the Red Castle. Now a ruin, the Red Castle has stood guard over the mouth of the Lunan Water since the days of William the Lion in the fifteenth Century.