On the Estate
There are a number of lovely walks just outside the front door.
Mountain bikes are available for hire.
Courses held at Craigston at specific times of year include painting and cookery, with other suggestions welcomed by the castle's hosts.
Board games, croquet mallets, plus badminton and football equipment are all available.
The northeast of Scotland has 70 golf courses to choose from. Craigston is ideally situated to allow the keen golfer to play on a different course every day of the week, including the world famous Royal Aberdeen and the Trump International Golf Links. Through the castle's partners, with prior notice, a golfing itinerary, tailored to your specific requirements and abilities, can be organised.
There is a long tradition of whisky-making in the Grampian Highlands – especially in the Spayside area (30 minutes away). Here you will find a fabulous malt whisky trail, which includes eight different distilleries, each with their own special features.
If you take the malt whisky trail you can visit Benromach, Cardhu, Dallas Dhu Historic Distllery, Glenfiddich, Glen Grant, The Glenlivit, Glen Moray, Spayside Cooperage, Strathisla.
Some other local distilleries include:
- Aberfeldy Distillery
- Ardmore Distilleries
- The Balvenie Distillery
- Glendronach Distillery
- Glengarioch Distilleries
- Royal Lochnagar Distilleries
Nicknamed Scotland’s secret dolphin coast, Bannfshire is a place of undisturbed natural beauty where dolphins, gannets, porpoises, puffins, and the occasional whale make their home. It is dotted with fishing villages, such as Penan (famous for the filming of “Local Hero”), Sandend and Crovie, which have remained remarkably well preserved and which have resisted the advances of too much modern development.
The coastline is dramatic and breathtaking, but very accessible and safe, with many cliff top walks and wonderful beaches.
There are a great many castles to see in Aberdeenshire and many form part of the Castle Trail. The must-see castle, of course, is Balmoral Castle on Royal Deeside, which was bought by Queen Victoria 1852. Others in the area include Haddo Country Park, Fyvie Castle, and Craigievar (which inspired Walt Disney to create the castle we see in his famous films).
Aberdeenshire has a stunning coastline with vast, spectacular sandy beaches and picturesque fishing villages. www.walkhighlands.co.uk/aberdeenshire
Nature and Wildlife
Nature reserves in Aberdeenshire include: Sands of Forvie (a beautiful spot with endless sand dunes and plentiful birdlife); the Loch of Strathbeg (home to 252 species of bird, including 20 per cent of the world’s population of pink-footed geese); and Glen Tanar. With prior notice, personalised tours can be arranged with your very own experienced guide.
Through partners, there are thousands of acres of land that can be accessed for a day’s shooting. Tailor-made days out for geese, duck, pheasants, partridge, pigeons, roe or red deer can be arranged with prior notice. Fishing on a great many of the famous local salmon and sea trout rivers (Deveron, Spey etc) can also be organised.
In the summer months, the Lecht ski resort has a number of trails that are accessed by ski lifts.
Within two hours’ drive there are a number of ski resorts, including Lecht, Aviemore and Glenshee.
Horse riding in Aberdeenshire offers the keen horse rider over 208 kilometers of unspoilt coastline with stunning, often deserted beaches. Beach riding ranges from long stretches of clean golden sand to dramatic rock and shingle. There are a number of equestrian centres close by.
Other local attractions include:
A Georgian estate house in nearby Banff is part of the National Galleries of Scotland and houses a range of art treasures and superbly furnished rooms.
The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, based in the fishing port of Fraserburgh, consists of the first lighthouse built on mainland Scotland and a purpose-built museum.
A local museum with material relating to the social and natural history of the town and immediate district. Collections include scientific instruments, which belonged to the astronomer, James Ferguson, and the natural history collection of Thomas Edward.
Marine Aquarium, Macduff
Features marine life from the Moray Firth, Scotland’s largest bay. Visitors come face-to-face with hundreds of native fish and invertebrates, normally only seen by scuba divers who brave the chilly waters of the North Sea.
North East Falconry Centre, Huntly
Open throughout the summer with regular flying demonstrations.
- Longman Hill Cairn
- Cleaved Head Promontory Fort
- Castle Point Fort