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

01339 886328

Holes – 18; Type - Parkland; Par - 68; Yards - 6009

Ballater Golf Club

013397 55658

Holes – 18; Type - Heathland; Par - 70; Yards - 6059

Banchory Golf Club

01330 822447

Holes - 18; Type - Parkland; Par - 69; Yards - 5801

Braemar Golf Club

013397 41618

Holes – 18; Type - Heathland; Par -65; Yards – 4916

Cruden Bay Golf Club

01779 812285

Holes – 18; Type - Links; Par - 70; Yards – 6287

Deeside Golf Club

01224 861041

Holes - 18; Type - Parkland; Par - 70; Yards – 6407

Inchmarlo Resort & Golf Centre

01330 826422

Holes – 18/9; Type - Parkland; Par - 70/64 ; Yards – 6063

Royal Aberdeen Golf Club

01224 702221

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

Banchory Museum

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.

Lost Gallery

Aldachuie, Strathdon, 019756 51287.

Maritime Museum

Provost Ross’ House, Shiprow, Aberdeen, 01224 585788.

Milton Gallery

Milton of Crathes, Crathes, Banchory, 01330 844664.