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Stonehaven & the Mearns
Stonehaven was the county town of the ancient county of Kincardineshire, also known as the Mearns, bounded by Aberdeenshire to the north and Angus to the south. There has been a settlement here since prehistoric times and it is now a pleasant seaside town, something of a dormitory for Aberdeen.
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Plenty to See and Do
Stonehaven is notable for the dramatic Stonehaven Fireball Festival held at Hogmanay, when participants parade through the town swinging flaming wire cages round their heads. The purpose is to ward off evil spirits.
A 15 minute walk south of Stonehaven takes you to the ruins of the 9th century Dunnottar Castle situated in a dramatic setting on the cliffs - it was used as the location for Franco Zeffirelli's Hamlet, starring Mel Gibson.
South of the castle are some quaint villages, such as Catterline, Kinneff (where the Crown jewels were hidden from Cromwell's army in 1651) and Arbuthnott (home of the early 20th century author, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, whose classic, Sunset Song, which was set in the area, was voted Scotland's favourite book at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2005).
The Mearns is an area of gentle, rather than rugged, beauty, with hills, woodlands and what are known in the local dialect as 'parks', rolling, tree dotted pastures. It provides opportunities for many wonderful walks. Intrepid walkers could attempt to trace the Causey Mounth, the old 12th century drove road between Stonehaven and Aberdeen, along which are several megalithic, prehistoric monuments, such as the Bourtreebush Stone Circle.
Apart from stunning Dunnotter, the area is also dotted with other castles, some ruined, some still inhabited, such as Muchalls, Fetteresso and Cowie. The vantage point on the Cairn o'Mount road affords magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. To the south, the little coastal village of St Cyrus has a nature reserve and a splendid sandy beach.
|Date||Product||Score||Customer Comment||Our Response|
|22-Jul-2017||Kinbeachie Cottage BP7 (overall)||Excellent efficient service. Great communication throughout.|
|22-Jul-2017||Pyatshaw Burn Cottage CC7 (overall)||The booking process was quite straightforward. Passage of information was timely and accurate, and the housekeeping deposit returned promptly.|
|22-Jul-2017||Signalman's Cottage DG3 (overall)||This is the first time we have used unique Cottages, and found the experience simple to use, the cottage we rented was exceptional, quiet area, lovely position, the owners were very friendly, also they had left a welcome pack, which made the welcome more friendly, there was everything that you could need in the cottage, (even down to poo bags, for your dog/s)
Thank you for a fantastic week there.
|22-Jul-2017||Herbie's Cottage AZ7 (overall)||A delightful retreat, the barbie by the shore could be pointed out. The burn next to the cottage is beautiful. A perfect little hideaway and the railway crossing a welcome quirk every day. We will be back.|
|22-Jul-2017||Pebble Coast FL9 (overall)||Fuss free, cottage as described and we had a great time. No complaints.|
|22-Jul-2017||Para Handy Cottage FL2 (overall)||Der Service war prima.|
|22-Jul-2017||Pitnacree CR5 (overall)||We did not expect to have to buy water for drinking in the UK|
|22-Jul-2017||Horseshoe Cottage EF1 (overall)||Wonderful! Would most definately use again. Everything was perfect.|
|22-Jul-2017||Wester Bunloit DH2 (overall)||Quick to reply to questions before booking. Very slow at returning deposit
The property and owner were wonderful.
|22-Jul-2017||Easter Harden Cottage DP6 (overall)||Yes we would.|