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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|
|18-Feb-2018||Meadowhead Barn CE8 (overall)||Great place, great location. Lots of history. Owner was wonderful! Thanks, we'll be back!|
|17-Feb-2018||Glen Etive Cottage AL6 (overall)||2nd time we have stayed at the Old School House just fantastic again. Love this place and will be returning soon|
|16-Feb-2018||Seaside Cottage AK9 (overall)||Unique Cottages staff are very pleasant and helpful as far as they can be and I rate them 4-5 star. However, I can not say the same re Seaside Cottage, Anstruther|
|16-Feb-2018||Glentress Cottage DB1 (overall)||Lovely cottage, lots of pictures and a thorough description. Would use to book again|
|16-Feb-2018||Glenceitlein Cottage GC1 (overall)||Cottage was everything we hoped for, and more, Exceptionally well-appointed, spotlessly clean and perfectly situated with spectacular views- way more dramatic than the photos show!. We would unreservedly recommend and will return,|
|16-Feb-2018||Tayvulin AN8 (overall)||Easy to use website and customer service always good when I call.|
|15-Feb-2018||Traquair Cottage EH1 (overall)||Very responsive. Provided everything I needed to know about the cottage and how to get there|
|15-Feb-2018||Ghillie's Bothy EH2 (overall)||We had a warm welcome and found the Bothy warm, cosy, clean and well-equipped. The written information was relevant and tidily presented, and the hosts themselves were friendly, helpful and interesting to talk to. Very tasteful decor and furnishings. We had a great week.|
|15-Feb-2018||The Sea Loft CP9 (overall)||Location; first class, with a view over the harbour and the Isle of May. Plenty of shops, bars and restaurants nearby.
Accom.; clean, comfortable and every thing we needed.
A very relaxing week!
|15-Feb-2018||Eildon Cottage ED1 (overall)||They have a superb range of interesting properties.
Their customer service is spot on, the lady I spoke to was lovely