Situated on the edge of the Cairngorm National Park you don’t have to travel far from the Inn to find walks ranging from a gentle stroll before an excellent dinner through to a challenging hike through some of Scotland’s most beautiful Landscapes.
Aberdeenshire is the home of The ‘Castle Trail’. Castle trail consists of 14 of the world’s most unique castles from the rugged Kildrummy castle to the ‘fairytale’ Craigievar castle. Details of all the trails can be found here.
Scotland boasts some of the most scenic golf courses in the world. We have several wonderful courses for you to choose from nearby…
Aboyne Golf Club
Holes – 18; Type - Parkland; Par - 68; Yards - 6009
Ballater Golf Club
Holes – 18; Type - Heathland; Par - 70; Yards - 6059
Banchory Golf Club
Holes - 18; Type - Parkland; Par - 69; Yards - 5801
Braemar Golf Club
Holes – 18; Type - Heathland; Par -65; Yards – 4916
Cruden Bay Golf Club
Holes – 18; Type - Links; Par - 70; Yards – 6287
Deeside Golf Club
Holes - 18; Type - Parkland; Par - 70; Yards – 6407
Inchmarlo Resort & Golf Centre
Holes – 18/9; Type - Parkland; Par - 70/64 ; Yards – 6063
Royal Aberdeen Golf Club
Holes – 18; Type - Links; Par - 71; Yards - 6900
The wider area
Kildrummy Inn sits on the edge of the Cairngorm National Park. Surrounded by rolling hills, rugged mountains, castles, whisky distilleries and endless breathtaking views, you will feel like you're in the middle of nowhere. Yet, you’re only 35 miles from the hustle & bustle of Aberdeen, Europe's oil capital, with great shopping, museums, galleries and connections to the national rail network and an international airport.
Places of interest and things to see and do
Alford is our closest town and is located about 8 miles (10-15 minutes) from the Inn. There you will find a supermarket, chemist, cash machines and a variety of independent shops.
Banchory and Crathes
Banchory sits elegantly on the banks of the salmon-rich river Dee. The High Street remains the main focal point with a variety of vibrant shops, garden centre, castle and restaurants.
Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve
01339 881667 www.nnr-scotland.org.uk Open daily Easter – October, Walks and toilets accessible all year. Strong footwear recommended if going into “The Vat”
Glen Tanar National Nature Reserve
01339 886072 www.glentanar.co.uk Visitor Centre with Ranger service in Summer, reduced service in Winter. Walks accessible all year round.
Towns, Villages and places within an hour’s drive
25-30mins – Alford, Craigievar, The Lecht, Lumphanan, Dunecht, Midmar, Bennachie. 40-50mins – Torphins, Aboyne, Dinnet, Banchory, Ballater, Balmoral, Drumoak. 50mins-1hr – Aberdeen, Braemar, Fyvie, Durris, Stonehaven
Balmoral Castle and Estate (30 miles south east of Kildrummy)
Castle, Garden, Shop and Tearoom 01339 742534 www.balmoralcastle.com
Castle Fraser (20 miles & 30 mins east of Kildrummy)
Castle, Garden, Shop and Tearoom 0844 493 2164 www.nts.org.uk
Corgarff Castle and Barracks (20 miles & 30 mins east of Kildrummy)
01975 651460 www.historic-scotland.gov.uk
Craigievar Castle (10 minutes from Kildrummy)
844 493 2174 www.nts.org.uk.
Crathes Castle (30 miles and 50 mins east of Kildrummy)
Castle, Garden, Shop and Tearoom 0844 493 2166 www.nts.org.uk.
Fyvie Castle (40 miles and 1 hour from Kildrummy)
Castle, Garden, Shop and Tearoom 0844 493 2182 www.nts.org.uk.
Drum Castle and Gardens (30 miles and 50 mins east of Kildrummy)
Castle, Garden, Shop and Tearoom 0844 493 2161 www.nts.org.uk.
Dunnottar Castle (40 miles and 1hour 15 mins from Kildrummy)
Coastal ruin. Accessible all year. 01330 860223 www.dunnottarcastle.co.uk.
There are 5 main whisky distilling areas in Scotland – Speyside, Highland, Islay, Island and Lowland which, between them, hold over 100 distilleries.
These are the closest to Kildrummy:
Glendronach (25 miles and 40 mins north of Kildrummy)
01466 730202 www.glendronachdistillery.com Forgue by Huntly, AB54 6DB.
Glengarioch (30 miles and 50 mins east of Kildrummy)
01651 873450 www.glengarioch.com Old Meldrum, Inverurie, AB51 0ES.
Royal Lochnagar (30 miles and 50 mins south west of Kildrummy)
01339 742700 www.discovering-distilleries.com/royallochnagar Crathie, Ballater, AB35 5TB.
Fettercairn (45 miles and 1hr 15 mins south of Kildrummy)
01561 340205 www.fettercairndistillery.co.uk Fettercairn, by Laurencekirk, AB30 1YB.
We stock over 40 Whisky’s in the Bar including the above.
Museums, Art Galleries and Retail
Grampian Transport Museum
Montgarrie Road, Alford 019755 62292
Aberdeen Art Gallery
Schoolhill, Aberdeen 01224 646333
Bridge Street, Banchory, 01330 823367. There are varied displays and workshops (call for opening times).
Gordon Highlanders Regimental HQ and Museum
Viewfield Road, Aberdeen, 01330 311200.
Aldachuie, Strathdon, 019756 51287.
Provost Ross’ House, Shiprow, Aberdeen, 01224 585788.
Milton of Crathes, Crathes, Banchory, 01330 844664.