North East Scotland

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North-East is the Private House Stays name given to the Area of Aberdeenshire that runs from Angus, up the East coast to the Moray Firth and bordered by the Cairngorms to the West. It is an area steeped in history seemingly with every village containing an ancient castle and grand estates everywhere. The area includes Royal Deeside, the Queen's summer palace at Balmoral, Speyside and a concentration of much of Scotland's whisky industry.


  • Beauty Spots

    The Aberdeen-shire area that includes Donside, Royal Deeside, Moray and Speyside is teeming with stunning Beauty spots, some of which are significant wild-flower destinations or Bird/Nature reserves. In addition to the attractions linked below, Private House Stays recommends the following for your consideration: Hazlehead Nature Tracks, Kirkhill Forest Walks, My Lord's Throat (Scenic Drive), Banchory Forest Walks, Bullers of Buchan, Don View, Glen Tanar Estate, Mearns Forest Walks, Kinnaird Head, Fettercairn Arch, The Rob Roy Statue, Portsoy & Sandend Coastal Walks, Prop of Ythsie, The Lein, White Cow Forest Walks, White Horse (Mormond Hill) and the Wrack Woodland Path.

  • Museums and Art Galleries

    In addition to the attractions linked below, Private House Stays recommends the following Art Galleries for your consideration: The Butterworth Gallery, The Lost Gallery, The Meadowlands Gallery, The Monymusk Art Centre, The Syllavethy Gallery and Candacraig Gardens & Gallery In addition to the attractions linked below, Private House Stays recommends the following Museums for your consideration: Little Treasures Dolls House & Toy Museum, Finzean Bucket Mill, Grampian Transport Museum, Stonehaven Tolbooth Museum, Fordyce Joiners Workshop & Visitor Centre, Banff Museum and the Peterhead Maritime Heritage Museum.

  • Birdwatching

    Private House Stays recommends the following locations that we think are most significant for Bird-watching in the Aberdeenshire area: Fowlsheugh Searbird Colony, Huntly Peregrine Wildwatch, Forvie National Nature Reserve and Loch of Strathbeg Nature Reserve.

    • Wild Flowers

      In addition to the attractions linked below, Private House Stays recommends the following locations that we think are most significant for wild flowers in the Aberdeenshire area: Muir of Dinnet Nature Reserve, the Braeloine Visitor Centre and Storybook Glen

      • Archaeological Site

        Aberdeenshire is full of all sorts of ancient Pictish and Neolithic archeological sites. Many of these sites are not fully understood or there is very limited information about them but they are great fun to visit because they are nearly always located in places with a a wonderful presence and one can wonder at the civilisation that brought them about. Private House Stays recommends the following for your consideration: Brandsbutt Stone, Dyce Symbol Stone, East Aquhorthies Stone Circles, Maiden Stone, Picardy Stone, Cullerlie Stone Circle, Culsh Earth House, Loanhead Stone Circle, Loudon Wood Stone Circle, Memsie Burial Cairn, Peel Ring, Strichen Stone Circle, Tap o' Noth Hill Fort and Tomnaverie Stone Circle.

        • Ancient Castles

          In addition to the attractions linked below, Private House Stays recommends the following for your consideration: Pitsligo Castle (ruins) and Slains Castle (ruins).

        • Gardens

          In addition to the attractions linked below, Private House Stays recommends the following for your consideration: Candacraig Gardens & Gallery, Colleonard Sculpture Gardens and Monymusk Walled Garden

          • Churches

            Aberdeenshire has many churches and considerable religious history that will include Abbeys, ancient monastries and other religious heritage sites. Private House Stays recommends the following for your consideration: Deer Abbey (ruins), Fyvie Church, Kinkell Church (ruins), Marnoch Old Church and Tarves Medieval Tomb

            • Entertainment

              Aberdeenshire has a few Venues and other entertainment activities that particularly could keep children and adults amused, entertained or educated. In addition to the attractions linked below, Private House Stays recommends the following for your consideration: Cullerlie Farm Park and Stonehaven Open Air Pool

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