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Sunday, 7 July 2024

10 Things to Do in Aberdeenshire This Summer While Staying at Dalriada Lodges

Welcome to Dalriada Luxury Lodges in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire — a haven of tranquillity and comfort amidst Scotland’s breath taking landscapes. This summer, immerse yourself in the vibrant culture, rich history, and stunning natural beauty of Aberdeenshire. Here are the top ten things to do that will make your stay with us even more unforgettable.

1. Explore Dunnottar Castle

Just a short drive from Dalriada Lodges, the majestic Dunnottar Castle perches on a rugged cliff overlooking the North Sea. This historic fortress, steeped in stories of battles and sieges, offers spectacular views and a glimpse into Scotland’s past.

2. Stroll Along Stonehaven Beach

Enjoy a leisurely walk along Stonehaven Beach, where the shingle, golden sands and gentle waves provide the perfect backdrop for a relaxing day. Check out all the metal sculptures as you walk towards the harbour. Don’t forget to try a locally made ice cream from one of the charming seaside shops.

3. Visit Crathes Castle and Gardens

A 30-minute drive will take you to Crathes Castle, a stunning 16th-century tower house surrounded by lush gardens. Explore the beautifully preserved interiors and take a serene walk through the estate’s woodland trails.

4. Discover the Cairngorms National Park

For outdoor enthusiasts, a trip to the Cairngorms National Park is a must. Enjoy hiking, wildlife watching, and even some summer skiing. The park’s diverse landscapes offer something for everyone, from gentle walks to challenging climbs.

5. Enjoy the Aberdeenshire Coastal Trail

Drive along the Aberdeenshire Coastal Trail, a scenic route dotted with charming fishing villages, dramatic cliffs, and picturesque beaches. Stop by the village of Pennan, famous for its red phone box and role in the film "Local Hero."

6. Take a Whisky Distillery Tour

Aberdeenshire is part of Scotland’s renowned whisky region. Visit a local distillery, such as Glen Garioch or Royal Lochnagar, to learn about the whisky-making process and sample some exquisite single malts.

7. Explore the City of Aberdeen

Spend a day in Aberdeen, the “Granite City,” exploring its unique blend of historic architecture and modern attractions. Visit the Aberdeen Maritime Museum, stroll through Duthie Park, or indulge in some shopping at Union Square.

8. Experience Local Festivals and Events

Summer in Aberdeenshire is filled with vibrant festivals and events. Check out the Stonehaven Folk Festival for traditional music, or the Aboyne Highland Games for a taste of Scottish culture and sports.

9. Play a Round of Golf

Scotland is the home of golf, and Aberdeenshire boasts some of the best courses in the country. Just a short walk from Dalriada Lodges, you’ll find Stonehaven Golf Club, offering a challenging course with stunning coastal views. For a world-class experience, visit the nearby Trump International Golf Links.

10. Visit Haddo House and Country Park

Haddo House, a grand 18th-century mansion, offers a fascinating tour of its lavish interiors and extensive art collection. The surrounding country park is perfect for a leisurely walk or a family picnic, with its beautiful gardens, woodland trails, and a charming lake.


Aberdeenshire offers a rich tapestry of experiences, from historic castles and stunning natural landscapes to vibrant cultural events. Dalriada Luxury Lodges provide the perfect base to explore all these attractions, ensuring a comfortable and memorable stay.

Book your summer getaway with us today and start your adventure in the heart of Scotland.