Drumtochty Castle Drumtochty Aberdeenshire AB30 1TP
For Owner Direct Rates Tel 01729 851181 Texts 07885 211787 (7 Days)
Offering a Luxury Scottish Self Catering Castle Apartment in North East Scotland within the Drumtochty Castle estate adjacent to the lovely Drumtochty Forest.
This Luxury Castle Holiday Apartment offers an authentic castle feeling holiday with all the modern refinements of a Luxury 4 star self catering, ideal for self catering Holidays or Wedding Accommodation at Drumtochty Castle. This is also a great touring base for Perthshire, Aberdeenshire and the Cairngorms.
The Castle Stables are part of a modern conversion within the old stable block within the world renowned Drumtochty Castle & estate. This well appointed accommodation sleeps up to 4 guests and comprises a separate kitchen which is fully equipped to a high standard, an open plan living space with a dining area and lounge with comfortable sofas and a TV, a bathroom with both bath and shower and two bedrooms, one opening out onto the garden.
The property has a dedicated parking space. There is a large garden with a lake and stream. Local facilities are available in the village of Auchenblae which is close by, as are 9 and 18 hole golf courses
- Drumtochty Castle Apartment, Sleeps up to 4, Rural Location, Countryside Views, Close to Coast, Fridge / Freezer, Washing / Dryer, Car Parking, TV / DVD, WIFI, Central Heating, Gardens, NO PETS, All Bedding and Towels.
Drumtochty Castle and Forest
Drumtochty Castle is a neo-gothic style castellated mansion erected in the year 1812 approximately three kilometres northwest of Auchenblae, Aberdeenshire. The neighboring Drumtochty coniferous Forest is very popular too with walkers and cyclists and has an amazing range of forest habitats, including mature 100 year old trees, dense young forest, and open wildlife ponds. Recreation facilities include long waymarked forest trails, shorter way marked forest walks, and picnic areas.
In earlier times this forest was associated with Drumtochty Castle Tel. no: 01561 320 169. Set in an idyllic location and surrounded by the superb Scottish countryside, the 19th Century Drumtochty Castle has been the perfect place for many memorable events over the years. It is difficult to imagine a more magical setting for your wedding than a stunning 19th Century Scottish castle, hidden away in a wild woodland glen.
Aberdeenshire and it’s lovely coastline
Just 16 miles away and within 20 minutes in your car…Scotland’s East Coast boasts some of the finest beaches and seaside resorts in the uk. Spend time touring the coastline, with its picturesque fishing villages and heritage centres like Montrose, Inverbervie and Stonehaven, with a sea aquarium and historic harbour. The North East coast is a Haven for wildlife you can often see dolphins, seals, otters, whales and falcons throughout the year. Roughly one half of its border consists of amazing coastline ranging from the awesomely rugged to the most wonderfully beautiful. The land border runs through tremendous countryside, craggy mountains and desolate moors all indicating the feast of wonder and enjoyment held within an area of outstanding natural beauty. Aberdeenshire is awash with history and historic buildings, Neolithic stone age circles, iron age pictish carved standing stones, vitrified forts and medieval castles and keeps.
The lovely local resort of Stonehaven
The local town of Stonehaven on the North East coast is a town with around fourteen thousand inhabitants. It is the county town of the historic county of Kincardineshire and the present day county of Aberdeenshire and boasts some of the finest beaches on the North coast of scotland. It grew around an Iron Age fishing village, now the “Auld Toon” (“old town”), and expanded inland from the Seaside. As late as the 16th century, old maps indicate the town was called Stonehyve or Stonehive. Historically the chief commerce of Stonehaven lay in herring fishing peaking at about 15 million fish per annum and an employment in the fishing industry of 1280 people. Due to overfishing to serve the expanding regional population, the fishing industry declined with diminishing catches, such that by 1939 only a remnant of the earlier fishing fleet continued to exist and the catch mostly supported the local population from that point onward.
At present day the town’s primary industries are marine services and tourism, with Dunnottar Castle, a local landmark, bringing in a large volume of tourists every year. It was used in the 1990 movie Hamlet (directed by Franco Zeffirelli, and starring Mel Gibson and Glenn Close). Dunnottar Castle is a prominent landmark and is visible on many leaflets (flyers) advertising Scotland.
The town has its own long sandy beach, with large cliffs at either end sheltering small rock pools and inlets. It is also famous for its Olympic-sized outdoor swimming pool, which is heated and filled with a mixture of tap water and filtered seawater. Another attraction is the local harbour, which features the Tolbooth, the town’s tiny museum of local heritage.
Fantastic day Trips within a few hours of Drumtochty Castle
Just a short trip away is the fantastic resort of Aviemore with a multitude of activities ranging from skiing in the Winter, to walking, climbing, mountain biking, fishing, Deer stalking…..and for the less active a most pleasurable trip on the Aviemore & Strathspey steam railway or a pleasure cruise or boat trip on Loch Ness to the West.
In the 1960s Aviemore was transformed for ever by large developments for the tourist industry. The Aviemore Centre was opened in 1966, by Sir Hugh Fraser – House of Fraser. Regular visitors to Aviemore, include Prince Charles and Princess Anne whom attended the Royal Hunt Balls hosted in the Aviemore Centre’s Osprey Rooms. The very popular BBC TV show “It’s A Knockout”, was hosted within the complex at least twice. Within the Centre there is an international competition standard ice skating and curling rink, home to the Aviemore Blackhawks and Aviemore Blues hockey teams, a Santa Claus theme park featuring a resident Santa 365 days a year, a theatre, a cinema, many bars, restaurants, nightclubs and discotheques, crazy golf, many shops including “Cairdsport” (run by local man Sandy Caird, who brought the first ski shop and ski school to Aviemore) within the ice rink complex, fountains, a dry ski slope, a swimming pool and a go-kart track.
The Cairngorm Mountain Ltd Ski Area, tel: +44 (0)1479 861261 is notable for being near the freely grazing reindeer herd at Glen More, the only one in the UK. The resort has variable quality of snow and weather conditions. Aviemore also has a railway station is on the Highland Main Line with regular services to Perth, Edinburgh and Glasgow, it is also the southern terminus of the lovely Strathspey Railway, a heritage steam and diesel railway, currently being extended to Grantown-on-Spey.
CairnGorm Mountain Ltd, Cairn Gorm Ski Area, Aviemore PH22 1RB tel: +44 (0)1479 861261, fax: +44 (0)1479 861207 email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.cairngormmountain.com
Dalwhinnie Whisky Distillery
On your doorstep and well worth a visit is Dalwhinnie distillery, producing Single malt Scotch whisky, classified among the Highland Single Malts. The distillery was founded with the name of the town in the late 1890s. The site was chosen for its access to clear spring water from Lochan-Doire-Uaine and abundant peat from the surrounding bogs. Set in splendid mountain scenery, Dalwhinnie is the highest distillery in Scotland. The name Dalwhinnie means meeting place, which refers to the meeting of ancient cattle drovers’ routes through the mountains.
Here you can see the distillers at work, harnessing the snow fed waters of the Allt an t’ Sluic, fresh from their journey through moorland heather, producing a full-bodied malt with a surprisingly delicate taste. You can savour a complimentary dram of Dalwhinnie during your visit, You’ll find the doors of the distillery in the mountains open to visitors all year round with restricted hours in the snowy depths of the highland winter.
Wildlife and Nature
The region is fantastic for viewing birds, wildlife and wild flowers. After you have enjoyed the resident rabbits, sheep, buzzards, deer and abundant Flora and fauna which make this region a veritable honey pot for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers. You can also enjoy unpolluted lochs, seas and rivers, extensive native woodland and varied mountain terrain, the habitat is rich in wildlife. Admire majestic birds of prey, such as the Red Kite and the Golden Eagle; observe the native red squirrels and pine martins; or take a boat trip to spot bottle-nosed dolphins. you can explore further within this area and see Stags, Rut and Mountain Hare and with winter good timing Stoat visitors including Fieldfare, Redwing, Snow Bunting, Waxwing and Brambling.
Within an easy day trip you can explore all of the Cairngorms National Park, this spectacular region is part of the Moray Malt Whisky Trail. Sample whisky nosing and tasting in Dufftown, enjoy historic Scottish castles, idyllic fishing villages or beautiful empty beaches in Moray coast. The Cairngorms is Britain’s largest national Park and has the largest area of arctic mountain landscape in the UK at its heart, with diverse communities around it. It is home to 17,000 people and 25% of Britain’s threatened birds, animals, and plants. It includes moorlands, forests, rivers, lochs and glens. Annual Whisky Festivals are: the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival in late April – and the Autumn Speyside Whisky Festival late September. The Glenfiddich distillery is open to the public (free) while close by is the picturesque ruined Balvenie Castle with it’s renaissance facade maintained by Historic Scotland. Other local distilleries to visit and whiskies to taste include Macallan, Glen Grant, Glenfarclas, the Glenlivet (free tours), Aberlour and Cardhu. Every year Scotland invites people from all over the world to attend Highland Gatherings and Highland Games. The Gatherings are usually held in late August early September throughout Scotland and perhaps the most famous and finest Highland Games anywhere are in Braemar. It features the finest Pipe Bands, pipers, Highland dancers, and athletes in a beautiful setting surrounded by hills. The patron of the Gathering is Her Majesty the Queen.
The Drumtochty Highland Games
If it is the fourth Saturday in June it must be Auchenblae and the “Drumtochty Highland Games” this has been the tradition for the last 25 years. Known as the friendliest Highland Games in the area they are firmly established in the Scottish Highland Games calendar as one of the most outstanding events. This is not only because of the top competitors attending and records broken but also for the all-round entertainment offered and the sheer beauty of the venue. Held in the grounds of Drumtochty Castle in Drumtochty Glen just 2 miles outside Auchenblae any visitor will agree there is no better place to be on the fourth Saturday in June. Come and watch the athletes trying to break some more records. Lots of opportunities for young and not so young to join in on some open games. Make it a day out and enjoy the combination of exciting entertainment and nature at its best.
Stonehaven also holds it’s own Highland Games every July. All those competing in the heavy events (which include the Hammer, the Heavy Stone and Tossing the Caber must wear full Highland dress. Other events include the Stonehaven Folk Festival regularly attended by famous Glaswegian comedian Billy Connolly. On the first Saturday in June the Feein’ Market recreates a 19th Century agricultural hiring fair. The RW Thomson Classic Car Rally is an annual celebration of the inventor of the pneumatic tyre and attracts an impressive range of vintage and classic cars. There are two harbour festivals each summer. A farmers market is now held once a month in the market square where local food suppliers and producers can sell fresh fruit, vegetables, poultry and other types of meat.
Activities on your doorstep
Here is a summary of attractions within this local area. The nearest major town is Stonehaven (16 miles) with all facilities ranging from supermarkets, gift shops, restaurants and a leisure centre with an outdoor swimming pool. The local village of Auchenblae (4 miles) just off the A90. Has its own park called The Den – in it there is play equipment for the children, a putting green, tennis courts, bowling green and walks along the water side. This is a sheltered valley and there is no traffic, so it is safe for children and to have picnics at the tables and seats and to sit and watch the world go by. It also has a post office / local store, hotels, gift shops, cafe and 9 hole golf course half a mile from the village.
During Hogmanay festivities, the High Street comes alive with crowds watching the annual fireballs ceremony, in which volunteers walking down the High Street swing huge balls of fire around and around at the ends of chains. The fireballs are finally thrown into the harbour. The town’s Haven Fish Bar was the likely origin of the Deep-fried Mars Bar, a snack now culturally associated with Scotland – and its health record – as a whole. The premises are now the award-winning Carron fish and chip shop. Stonehaven’s long established Pipe Band plays at events throughout the year, including the folks festival and fireball ceremony. The band has competed at various levels throughout its illustrious history including several years at the prestigious Grade 1.
Scottish Self Catering Castle Apartment – Accommodation
Drumtochty Castle Stables – Accommodation
Drumtochty Castle stable Apartments are part of a modern conversion within the old stable block nearby to the world renowned Drumtochty Castle. This well appointed accommodation fully electrically heated throughout sleeping up to 4 guests.
Living space relax and settle into a good book in the living room comfortably furnished with comfortable sofas, this room is warm and well lit. In it you will find a TV, Radio, Hi Fi. There is also a dining area within the living area with a dining table a 4 chairs.
The bathroom has a toilet, wash hand basin with both bath and electric shower.
The kitchen area is brand new and fully equipped with all the necessary modern equipment including a cooker; oven; microwave; fridge freezer; toaster; kettle; dishwasher; washing machine; tumble dryer; iron and ironing board. Other essentials such as glasses, crockery, cutlery and a corkscrew are also provided for your convenience.
Master double Bedroom opening out onto the garden, after an active day in the fresh air, stretch out on the master bedroom king size double bed. This bedroom has ample hanging and drawer space and has a hair dryer. Double bedroom A further double bedroom king size double bed with ample hanging and drawer space and has a hair dryer.
Famous Scottish Castles
Within this region there are literally dozens more Castles to visit from Ballindalloch Castle near Aberlour on the river Spey to Balmoral a beautiful drive over the mountains to Royal Deeside where you are spoilt for choice with Drum, Crathes, Craigevar or castle Fraser. Between Forres and Nairn is Brodie and Cawdor Castles and to the east of Dufftown is the ruined Huntly castle and close to Turiff is Fyvie castle above with its 5 towers and 5 centuries of history, further a field castles such Balmoral, Braemar, Crathes and of course castle Urquhart on Loch Ness or cities such as, Elgin, Forres and Inverness are easily accessible.
Basic Scale of Weekly Hire Charges
Low Season Weeks from £569, Highest Season Weeks £649, Christmas / New Year POA
The hire charges include all Bedding, Towels, Heating and Electricity.
Pets – Really sorry this listing is NOT Pet Friendly.
Drumtochty Castle Drumtochty Aberdeenshire AB30 1TP – Listed since 2008
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