With over 300 castles, stately homes and ruins dotting its landscape, Aberdeenshire is unsurprisingly known as ‘Scotland’s Castle Country.’ There are more castles per acre here than anywhere else in the UK, and you can discover 19 of the most famous and dramatic castles in Aberdeenshire on Scotland’s Castle Trail.

Inchmarlo is also a good base from which to explore the area’s whisky distilleries, and to access some of the world’s finest rivers in which to fish.

Inchmarlo is also well located with easy access to a number of magnificent golf courses within an hour’s drive, including the Inchmarlo Golf Centre, which is right on our doorstep.

For more up to date information on what there is to do, you can visit the Scottish Tourist Board’s official website VisitScotland. Click here to visit the VisitScotland website.

Banchory Area

Banchory, 1.5 miles from Inchmarlo, is a thriving town with a vibrant High Street and many independent shops and businesses, and boasts a wide variety of facilities and amenities. It is home to numerous attractions, ranging from great walking routes and waterfalls to castles and museums. The bus service from Aberdeen to Banchory and Royal Deeside stops at the entrance to Inchmarlo Retirement Village.

Royal Deeside

“Dear Paradise”

Over 100 years ago, Queen Victoria was so enchanted by the serenity and haunting loveliness of Deeside – her “Dear Paradise” – that after Balmoral Castle was built for her in 1855, she made it her holiday home. Set in 30,000 acres of hills and pine forests on the banks of the River Dee, Balmoral Castle is still the summer residence of the Royal Family, who regularly attend Crathie Church and the Braemar Highland Games.