Other Activities & Attractions
Here are some more details on local attractions, activities & some a little further away.
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The 'Castle Trail' is a selection of eleven of the world's most unique Scottish castles ranging from the fairy tale magic of Craigievar, to the rugged splendour of Kildrummy Castle ruins. A 13th century stone courtyard castle, only 10 minutes walk from Kildrummy Inn, to the elegant timelessness of the country house grandeur of Leith Hall.
Kildrummy Castle Gardens Trust located at the foot of the medieval Kildrummy Castle is a must for those interested in botany and those of us just interested in a quiet stroll in beautiful surroundings.
Kildrummy Castle gardens were created in the ancient quarry below the medieval Castle, the ruin of which provides a wonderful backdrop.
The bridge spanning the garden is a copy of famous brig o' Balgownie and reflects beautifully on the largest of the four ponds which plays host to a wide range of water plants.
The quarry, left behind after the building of the castle in the 12th Century is now planted with fine examples of alpines and shrubs. Kildrummy Castle Gardens offer peace and tranquillity in an idyllic setting.
Alford is our local village just 10 minutes away. It’s a bustling community with some excellent facilities & attractions as well as riverside walks & the Haughton park.
Grampian Transport Museum
Grampian Transport Museum is a treasure house of transport history. Follow the history of travel and transport in the North East of Scotland through dramatic displays, working exhibits and DVD presentations.
There are numerous indoor and outdoor events and shows held at the museum throughout the year. The museum has a host of holiday activities for the whole family.
Alford Valley railway
Alford Valley railway is Scotland’s first 2ft Narrow Gauge passenger railway, running a half-hourly service from Alford to Haughton Park. Alford Valley Railway links the centre of Alford with Haughton Park.
The route extends from the restored Alford Railway Station, through the popular Alford Golf Course, alongside the trees parallel to Lang Stracht, entering Haughton Park through a tree lined avenue, terminating at the platform. The journey offers spectacular views of the Bennachie hill range.
Alford Heritage Centre
Alford Heritage Centre is situated in the old Auction Mart in Alford. It was once the hub of farming activity for Upper Donside. It closed in 1986.
Today the building houses an intriguing exhibition of rural bygones which give an insight into the life of the ordinary working people of Donside and NE Scotland & their farming heritage.
The monthly farmers market is also held here on the last Saturday of each month.
Walking & Hiking
Walking & hiking is a great pastime with locals & visitors, with Bennachie/Mither Tap & Tap O North both within 25 minutes drive of the Inn.
Both provide superb panoramic views across Aberdeenshire. Not forgetting more leisurely walks closer to home & at Strathdon. Also close by are Burn o Vat & the Cambus o May forest walks.
Cycling is an excellent way to explore the local area. Again Kildrummy Inn provides an excellent base for this. We can provide a secure lock up for your bicycles during the twilight hours and can also provide an area for you to carry out maintenance and clean your cycles.
Ace Adventures is a outdoor & activity provider just over an hours drive from the Inn. They specialise in white water rafting, kayaking, canyoning, river bugs & river nature safaris. They also have quad biking, Mountain biking & paintballing activities too. Sylvia & I can personally recommend Ace Adventures. The are a first class service, professionally run & it's fantastic fun.
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The Lecht 2090
The Lecht centre now provides excellent mountain bike trails as well as the usual winter skiing activities.
Pony trekking, approximately 9 miles away, can be arranged on request.
Further afield there is the old market town of Huntly which offers some good shopping & Huntly Castle.
Within 25 minutes drive you reach Deeside, with the villages of Aboyne, Ballater & Banchory along with Balmoral Castle. All providing nice daily excursions from the Inn.
Also about 25 minutes drive away is Dufftown. Home to several distilleries & Speyside cooperage on the whisky trail. A circuit drive from the Inn taking in Glenlivet Estate & Tomintoul again providing another nice day’s excursion.
Don’t forget your less than an hour away from the famous granite city of Aberdeen with its maritime heritage, historic docks, great shopping, along with several museums & art centres.
Last Updated (Thursday, 02 August 2012 15:17)