Things to do in the area

Local Facilities

Local shop – to the north, Stonehaven (5 miles), to the south, Inverbervie (4 miles)

Stonehaven has a full range of all facilities including a supermarket, Post Office, independent shops, leisure facilities, hotels, restaurants, bus station and train station.

  • The City of Aberdeen is 20 minutes car journey northward.
  • The nearest train station is Stonehaven and it is 10 minutes car journey.
  • Aberdeen airport is 40 minutes car journey (25 miles).
  • The city of Dundee is 45 minutes car journey south.

Activities:

Historic properties

Visit Arbuthnott House and gardens www.arbuthnott.co.uk or Dunnottar Castle; a dramatic and evocative ruin, perched on the coastal cliffs in Stonehaven. Dunnottar Castle was used as a film location for Mel Gibsons’ production of Hamlet. www.dunnottorcastle.co.uk

There are many National Trust for Scotland properties www.nts.org.uk within easy reach of Fawsyde House including Crathes Castle, House of Dun and Craigivar Castle; or visit Balmoral Castle the holiday home of the Royal Family.

The Grassic Gibbon Centre www.grassicgibbon.com near Arbuthnott is 5 minutes drive away from the Fawsyde. Grassic gibbon when writing Sunset Song made various references about the mearns and its surrounding area.

Kirriemuir, birthpalce of JM Barrie, author of Peter Pan (25 minutes drive) www.nts.org.uk/property

Birdwatching

Birders will delight in the Montrose Basin www.welcometoscotland.com (15 minutes drive) where the Nature Reserve provides a perfect habitat for many migrant and resident species, or visit Fowlsheugh RSPB Reserve www.rspb.org.uk (3 miles) one of the most exciting and largest seabird colony on mainland Britain, with something in the order of 160,000 birds.

Touring

Fawsyde House if ideally placed for trips to the coastline with its sandy bays, (St Cyrus beach is quite stunning) and spectacular cliffs.

The Coastal Trail www.visitscotland.com

Why pick up on one of the many Trails available to tourists; The Whisky Trail www.visitscotland.com The Castle Trail www.visitscotland.com The Heritage/victorian Trail www.visitscotland.com

Walking

The area is full of woodland or coastal walks or head to the hills, with the Angus Glens, Royal Deeside and the Cairngorn National Park within easy reach. www.walkingdeeside.com

Golf

There are many excellent golf courses locally including www.scottishgolfcourses.com the Championship course at Carnoustie which is within an hours’ drive of Fawsyde House.

Fishing

The world class salmon rivers of the North and South Esk, River Dee and River Don (also renowned for its brown trout) are all in the area www.fishingthefly.co.uk

Sea Angling

Charter a boat from the picuresque fishing port of Stonehaven www.aberdeenthistlesea.com

Shooting and stalking is available locally

Other places to visit

Stonehaven Art Deco Outdor Pool – olympic sized saltwater filtrated seawater pool, (29c/84f) open thoughout the summer months with weekly midnight swims. www.stonehavenopenairpool.co.uk

Childrens Activity play park with skate board park situated next to the outdoor pool

Fun for the whole family at Storybook Glen www.storybookglenaberdeen.co.uk

Scotlands first science and discovery centre www.satrosphere.net

Galleries – there are a number of local artists who display their work, to the south in Johnshaven and in Stonehaven itself. Aberdeen Art gallery and Museums www.aagm.co.uk

Catterline – there is something unique about Catterline, the pier was biult in 1810 and although fishing boats operated out of the harbour for over a thousand years it is said that many of the fishermen spplemeted their income by smuggling and when you visit you will see why. Now adays Catterline is more famous for its connection with artist. The magic atmosphere and intrique of Catterling attract many artists to the village, past and present. In recent years Catterline has become well known for it Gala (2nd Saturday in June) and for it cartie race (3rd Sunday in June) www.catterline.online

 

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