Kildrummy is located in the heart of Aberdeenshire – an area famed for its whisky and castles, but also blessed with stunning scenery and a wide range of activities and places of interest for all the family.
The hotel is ideally located for touring the ‘Whisky Trail’, being only 45 minutes’ drive from Dufftown and the heart of Speyside whisky country.
For the history-lovers there are more than 300 castles, stately homes and ruins in Aberdeenshire. The ‘Castle Trail’ takes in 19 of the best-known and most dramatic of these, and is easy to follow – just look for the distinctive brown and white road signs.
Aberdeenshire is also a haven for wildlife, including our beautiful native red squirrel and the elusive capercaillie. You can go bird-watching at one of several nature reserves, or maybe take a trip to the coast for a bit of dolphin-spotting in the Moray Firth. There is also a falconry centre only 30 minutes from the hotel, and a wildlife park within 2 hours’ drive where you can see everything from Scottish wildcats to tigers and polar bears.
Hillwalkers and cyclists will also find a wide range of options ranging from a gentle river trail to a more challenging hike up some of Scotland’s most spectacular hills. A local activity park offers a huge range of challenges for all the family including karting and blindfold 4x4 driving! White-water rafting is also possible for the more adventurous among you.
For a gentler day out, you can visit a local art gallery or family-friendly museum, or take the kids to a mini railway or play centre only 15 minutes away in Alford.
The Lost Gallery
The Lost Gallery is set in the beguiling tranquility of Glen Nochty, a delightful drive though the woodland that surrounds Strathdon, in Upper Donside.
It is housed in a 19th century farmhouse that crouches low into the side of Moss Hill, one of the gentler sisters of the nearby Cairngorms.
It is an idyllic setting which engenders just the mood to appreciate the gallery’s innovative show of contemporary art - and enjoy respite from the furore and fumes of modern life.
The guiding policy at the Lost Gallery is simply stated. It is to show works by modern artists who most excite the owners, artist Peter Goodfellow and his wife Jean.
Having seen American vindication of their long held belief that the promotion of all forms of modern art should not be restricted to urban areas, they were determined to back their hunch. Today, the Lost Gallery is clearly identified as one of the most interesting and unusual venues in northern Scotland, with an excitingly electric selection of paintings, sculpture and photography. An added attraction is provided by the Goodfellow’s association with the Scottish Sculpture Workshop, a tie-up which provides access to large-scale, domestic and international sculpture.
Tick Tock Play
A Soft Play Centre catering for children 0-10 years. As there are separate areas for babies, toddlers and juniors, each child can make the most of their time with us in an age appropriated area.
They have wavy slides, a helter-skelter slide, football target area, high walkways and viewing bubbles. So however daring they are feeling that day, they can enjoy the area, designed by kids for kids.
Grampian Transport Museum
Now open for the 2016 season, the Grampian Transport Museum is delighted to display a number of Guy Martin’s vehicles for the very first time. This impressive display includes a fabulous Rolls Royce Merlin Spitfire engine. Also included is his record-breaking Gravity Racer, which featured in the popular Speed with Guy Martin on Channel 4.
Other notable additions this year include an ex Colin McRae Ford Focus WRC, the vehicle which Colin crashed spectacularly in the 2001 Rally GB in Wales.
Goliath – a magnificent McLaren showman’s road locomotive – is also on display for the 2016 season.