Cluny Castle is every inch the enchanting, Cinderalla-esque venue you would expect to find hidden deep in the rolling hills of Aberdeenshire. Set in over 200 acres of landscaped parkland, the castle itself dates back to the 15th century and remains a private home. However, when you choose to celebrate a special occasion – or just spend quality time with family and friends – its magnificent granite walls and turrets become all yours. Relax in the delightfully decorated West Wing Apartment (sleeps ten), the perfect base from which to explore the stunning landscapes and beautiful beaches along the Aberdeenshire coastline. The refurbishment of eight en-suite bedrooms on the top floor is nearly complete and means that, by the end of the year, up to 26 guests will be happily accommodated. All this heritage and splendour doesn’t have to mean seclusion; Cluny Castle is a 20-minute drive from Aberdeen airport. This is country living like you’ve never seen it before.
From £1,365 for three nights
+44 (0)1330 833302; clunycastle.com
The Great Outdoors. If successive Royals get to be themselves when here – imagine how you will feel. Out in the crisp and clear fresh air with views for miles across these great estates and heathery moors. Whether you’re after stunning landscapes, vibrant cities, beautiful beaches, epic drives, idyllic islands or an active break, this spectacular, unspoilt part of Scotland really has it all.
Located on the coast with countless fishing harbours & markets, the seafood is world famous. Enjoy a fresh meal straight from one of the local docks, like Fraserburgh; Europe’s largest shellfish seaport or sample the local delicacy – Cullen Skink. Not only serving up the freshest quality seafood but with amazing views too, the seafood restaurant, Silver Darling, is literally located on Aberdeen Harbour with infinite views across the North Sea.
One of the oldest operating distilleries in Scotland – and it’s most easterly – Glen Garioch has been making its mighty malt in the quaint and historic market town of Oldmeldrum, near Aberdeen in North East Scotland, ever since 1797. Only ever produced in small, precious batches, Glen Garioch is a rare find indeed, with a wholesome maltiness, honeyed sweetness and delicious creamy texture to savour.
CLAIM TO FAME
Cluny Castle was the stand-in for Balmoral in acclaimed British film The Queen, starring Helen Mirren.
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