There are so many places to visit and things to do in the surrounding area it would be impossible to list them all but below you will find a few suggestions to make your holidays more enjoyable.


Visit the Royal Family's Holiday Home

Balmoral Castle, purchased by Queen Victoria in 1852, is a short drive from Royal Arch Riverside Park and is open to the public when the Royal Family are not in residence.

The grounds, gardens, exhibitions, gift shop and cafe will be open to the public on a daily basis from Monday 1st April until Wednesday 31st July. Opening times are from 10.00 a.m. until 5.00 p.m.



Follow the Whisky Trail

Visit some of Scotland's traditional distilleries - the closest one is minutes away at Fettercairn.

Tour the distillery, learn about the whisky and how they make it. And no tour would be complete without a dram at the end!


Go to the Highland Games

Tossing the caber, highland dancing and pipe bands are only some of the attractions at these traditional Scottish events which take place in villages and towns across the area every summer. The most famous - the Braemar Gathering - is always attended by members of the Royal Family and many international showbusiness personalities.

The Braemar Gathering is always held on the first Saturday in September in The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park in Braemar. The event starts at 9.30 a.m. and usually finishes at about 5.00 p.m.


Outdoor Activities

Skiing, mountain-biking, hillwalking, bird-watching, sailing and water sports – the list is virtually endless - and all in some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery.


Country Sports

The Holiday Park is surrounded by hills, moors, rivers and sea which provide a huge variety of country sports. There is game shooting for pheasant, grouse, partridge, hare, pigeon and ptarmigan. Deer stalking includes red, fallow, roe and sika deer. Or there is world-class game fishing for salmon, trout and grayling as well as coarse and sea angling. Opportunities abound with packages to suit all budgets.


Play Golf

This is a golfer’s paradise.  There are dozens of courses within less than an hour’s drive and many only minutes away.  The world-famous Carnoustie Links, host to the Open Championship, are just down the road and St Andrews, the Home of Golf, is within easy reach.


Wildlife Safari

The hills and forests in the surrounding area are rich in wildlife. Herds of deer roam the heather-clad slopes.  Otters can be seen in the rivers and at the sea shore and you might even spot a beaver, recently re-introduced to Scotland and spreading rapidly throughout the river system. Montrose Basin plays host to more than 80,000 migratory birds and lucky birdwatchers can also see golden eagles, ospreys and capercaillie in the surrounding mountains and lochs.


Museums and Visitor Attractions

Scotland’s newest museum, the V&A, is in Dundee, a short drive away. And while you are there why not visit the Discovery, Captain Scott’s famous Antarctic ship which is moored alongside the museum.  Aberdeenshire is also rich in castles and gardens open to the public.


A Day at the Seaside

There are many lovely beaches nearby. Probably the best is Lunan Bay south of Montrose, a two – mile stretch of sand which is listed in the top ten beaches in Scotland.  It is popular with surfers and horse riders. There’s a ruined castle, a café and a car park.


Food and Drink

From quaint country pubs to sophisticated fine dining this area has it all.  The local produce is among the best in the world including Aberdeen Angus beef, wild venison, grouse and pheasant.  From the rivers there are salmon and trout and from fishing ports along the road come lobsters and shellfish as well as local delicacies like Arbroath smokies and succulent crabs.  If you don’t fancy eating out, why not have dinner in your lodge, prepared in your luxury fitted kitchen.


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