Built in 1628 by the Earl of Mar as his Highland Hunting Lodge, Seat of Clan Farquharson and now Scotland’s only community run castle. Giving a snapshot of Scotland’s past, it is situated in the heart of the magnificent scenery of the Cairngorms National Park .
Where your Bennachie Experience Begins - the Bennachie Visitor Centre is a great starting point to explore the hill. Maps and guide books are available along with snacks, hot and cold drinks and gifts. Events throughout the year. Large car park, coach parties welcome.
Eighteenth century walled garden, incorporating rose garden (replanted 2010); policies with daffodils, tulips, rhododendrons, azaleas, mature trees and shrubs. Directions: From the north end of North Anderson Drive, continue on the A90 over Persley Bridge, turning left at the Tesco roundabout.
Hatton Castle has a two acre walled garden featuring mixed borders and shrub roses with yew and box hedges and alleys of pleached hornbeam. Also, a kitchen garden, fan trained fruit trees, a lake and woodland walks. Directions: On A947, two miles south of Turriff.
An informal, cottage-style garden of about 1½ acres. Upper garden around the house of mixed borders, vegetables and fruit. Steep grass banks to the south and east are planted with native and non-native flowers, specimen trees and shrubs. Narrow grass paths, not suitable for wheelchairs, lead down to the River Bogie.
An informal country cottage garden extending to ¾ acre with a further acre as wildflower meadow and pond. There are several garden rooms which have different moods, from the bright sunny gravel garden to the shady and cool orchard.
This steeply sloping garden of just under one acre is packed with plants. It rises from a wet streamside gully and woodland, past sunny terraces and a small parterre, to dry flowery banks. Directions: Burnhervie is about three miles west of Inverurie.
Over the past couple of years the owners have changed their 18 year old, one acre garden in several ways. By re-routing part of the driveway they created space for a pond (using local stones) and a small stream.
A large woodland garden, eventually destined to fill our five-acre croft, features species of rhododendrons, hydrangeas, viburnums, ferns, hostas and other shade-tolerant plants. A sheltered, sunny terrace hosts some tender exotics.
Our garden has evolved from grass circling the house and steading to a series of small garden areas with places to sit and enjoy the surroundings. Our aim has been to create a pleasing environment to delight the senses through different garden themes and planting.
Blairs Museum hosts a stunning collection of fine and decorative art spanning more than 500 years of Scottish history. Highlights include rare portraits of Mary Queen of Scots and the Stuart family, Jacobite memorabilia, and beautiful embroidered textiles from the 1400s to the 20th century.